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GRAINGER COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 

Grainger County was organized April 22, 1796 with land from Hawkins and Knox counties.  It was named for Mary Grainger, maiden name of the wife of William Blount, according to Pollyanna Creekmore, pre-eminent historian of Tennessee.  Land was taken from Grainger when Anderson and Claiborne were created in 1801.  Additional territory was given up when Union County was created in 1850.  A final slice was removed when Hamblen County was created in 1870.

 

Virginia Easley DeMarse, Foundation researcher, compiled a list of the early taxpayers of Grainger County of interest to Gowen chroniclers.  Her account read:

 

"By the provisions of the Act of 1797, the justices were authorized to take lists of taxable property and polls in various captains' companies of the militia.  White polls were "all free males and male servants, between the age of twenty-one and fiftyyears;" slaves, "all slaves male and female, between the age oftwelve and fifty years."  On Monday, November 3, 1809, the Grainger County Court ordered ten justices to take the list of taxable property and make their returns at the next court session.  The returns were made February 19, 20, 21, 1810.  The amount of tax was omitted on the copy I abstracted from.

 

The headers for the following list are:

1) on each 100 acres, 12.5 cents

2) each town lot, 25 cents

3) each free poll, 12.5 cents

4) each black poll, 25 cents 5)

5) each retail store, $5.00.

The acreage is listed after item 1.

 

Polls and Taxable property in Captain William Mayses Company of Militia returned by Moses Hodge included:

 

John Goan, 90 acres North Holston, Young's Creek, no polls.

 

Claiborne Goan, 100 acres North Holston, Young's Creek , 1 free poll.

 

James Goan, 1 free poll.

 

List of polls and taxable property in the bounds of Captain Elisha Williamson's Company returned by Henry Boatman included:

 

William Goan, 1 free poll.

Shaderick Goan, 1 free poll.

 

List of polls and taxable property in the bounds of Captain John Bull's Company, returned by John Moffet included:

 

Caleb Gowin, 1 free poll.

 

List of Polls and Taxable Property returned by William Clay in the bounds of Captain Richard Cotses' Company included:

 

Samuel Bunch, 180 acres at Richland, 1 free poll.

Samuel Bunch for John Spencer, 2.

John Bunch, Senr. 187 acres R. C, 2 polls (black?).

John Bunch, Senr. 200 acres R. Knobbs, 6 (black?) polls, 4 other polls.

 

Captain Samuel Richardson's Company returned by David Tate, included:

 

William Guynn, 200 acres, 1 free poll.

 

Captain Thomas Sharp's Company returned by Mathew Campbell included:

 

Daniel Goan, 338 acres R. Creek, 1 free poll.

Robert Gains, 150 acres R. L. McNabbs, 1 free poll.

 

Captain George Gifford's Company returned by Charles McAnally included:

 

Griffee Collins, 1 free poll.

Thomas Collins, 1 free poll.

Thomas Collins, 1 free poll.

Joseph Collins, 1 free poll.

Dowell Collins, 1 free poll.

Conley Collins, 1 free poll."

 

A portion of the 1810 census of Grainger, long believed to have been lost, surfaced during the 1980s in the McClung Historical Collection.

 

The total population of the county in 1810 stood at 6,397.  The breakdown was as follows:

 

          Free White Males

        45 & over     315

        26-45        438

        16-26        548

        10-16        478

        0-10        1,115

 

    Free White Females   

        45 & over     270

        26-45        462

        16-26        542

        10-16        481

        0-10        270

 

    All other free persons,

        except Indians not Taxed  182

    Slaves    637

 

        Total    6,397

 

Several heads of households were listed in the 1830 census of Grainger County that were of interest to Melungeon researchers and Gowen chroniclers:

 

Edmund Bolen (fc)                  Ezekel, Bolen (fc)

Shadrach Bolen (fc)                 Clabourn Bolen (fc)

Edmund Bolen ( fc )                Moses Collins ( fc)

David Goan (fc)                       Gondly Collins (fc)

Thomas Goan (fc)                     Dowell Collins (fc )

Nancy Goan (fc)                       Lewis Collins (fc)

Preston Goan (fc)                     Encey Collins (fc

Fanny Goan (fc)                        Hardin Collins(fc)

Joseph Collins (fc)                   Andrew Collins (fc)

Griffin Collins (fc)                   Allen Collins (fc)

Levi Collins (fc)                       Lavinia Lafes(fc)

 

“fc” indicates “Free Colored”

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Polly Goan [Goin?] was married May 20, 1812 to William Whitecotton, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850." 

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Pryor Goan [Goin] was married to Martha Moore March 2, 1831, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Mar­riages, 1796-1850."  Children born to Pryor Goan and Martha Moore Goan are unknown.

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Ann Goin was married December 19, 1850, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850." 

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Caleb Goin was married June 10, 1820 to Polly Dunkin, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  Of Caleb Goin and Polly Dunkin Goin nothing more is known.

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David Goin was married March 8, 1820 to Nancy Dunkin, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."   Children born to David Goin and Nancy Dunkin Goin are unknown.

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Dicy Goin was married November 19, 1848 to Walker Jackson, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  

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Drury Goin [Goans?] was married August 23, 1817 to Mary Goin [Goans], according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  Of David Goin and Mary Goin Going nothiug more is known.

 

Elizabeth Goin was married August 18, 1829 to John Davis, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850." 

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Isabella Goin was married January 6, 1813 to Thomas Harriss, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  

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James R. Goin was married to Mariah Jarnagin August 19, 1849, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Mar­riages, 1796-1850."  Children born to James R. Goin and Mariah Jarnagin Goin are unknown.

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Jane Goin was married to Abram Bell December 3, 1841, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850." 

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Jeremiah Goin was married February 28, 1829 to Levenia Renfro, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  Children born to Jeremiah R. Goin and Levenia Renfro Goin are unknown.

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John Goin was married January 10, 1845 to Martha Jane Goin, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  of John Goin and Martha Jane Goin Goin nothing more is known.

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Levi Goin was married to Nancy Dickson December 8, 1825, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  Children born to Levi Goin and Nancy Dickson Goin are unknown.

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Mahala Goin was married October 22, 1846 to James H. Perrin, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850." 

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Martha Goin was married January 31, 1825 to Henry Wysnor, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  

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Nancy Goin was married November 22, 1802 to James Ran­dolph, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Mar­riages, 1796-1850." 

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Nancy Goin was married December 2, 1824 to Ezekiel Bowling, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850." 

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Peter Goin was married December 4, 1837 to Katherine Petty, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  Children born to Peter Goin and Katherine Petty Goin are unknown.

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Preston Goin was married December 9, 1829 to Betsy Goin, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  Children born to Preston Goin and Betsy Goin Goin are unknown.

 

Rebecca Goin was married December 22, 1812 to Philip Den­ham [Derehorn?] according to "Grainger County, Ten­nessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  

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Sally Goin was married to Edmund Boling January 3, 1824, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850." 

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Elizabeth Goins was married August 19, 1829 to John Davis, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  Justice of the Peace Henry Alsup performed the ceremony.

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Ethel Louise Goins Dunn of Crandall, Georgia wrote in the July 1997 Foundation Newsletter, "Granville Goins, my g-g-grandfather, was born about 1810 in Grainger County, Tennessee of parents unknown, according to the affidavit of Matilda Goins of Dayton, Tennessee in the Court of Claims June 24, 1908."

 

He joined the exodus of some of the Melungeon Goins families who removed to Hamilton County, Tennessee.  Prominent in this group was David Smith Goins, Revolutionary soldier who moved about 1832 and his younger brother, Laban Goins who had preceded him in the move about 1829.  They were sons of Shadrach Goins of Hanover, Halifax and Patrick Counties, Virginia.

 

E. Raymond Evans, an anthropologist, made a study of the mysterious Melungeons and wrote a report of his findings in "Tennessee Anthropologist," Spring 1979.  He wrote:

 

"Located approximately 30 miles north of Chattanooga, the community of Graysville, Tennessee contains one of the most stable Melungeon settlements in the state.

 

No people in Tennessee have been subjected to more romantic speculation than have the so‑called 'Melungeons.'  These dark‑skinned people, living in a white world, have attempted to explain their color by saying they were of Portuguese descent, according to Swan Burnett in 1889 in 'The American Anthropologist.’  Popular writers, including Thurston L. Willis in 'The Chesapiean' in 1941 and Leo Zuber in 'The Melungeons' in 1941, have elaborated on this theme   They have been claimed to be descendants of the 'lost' tribes of Israel as reported by Jean Patterson Bible writing in 1975 in 'Melungeons Yesterday and Today.' and 'old world Gypsies,' 'Welsh Indians,' and Arabs by others.

 

Others have attempted to link their origin with established historical events.  Raleigh's 'Lost Colony' and the De Soto expedition are two examples suggested by Mozon Peters writing in 1970 in the 'Chattanooga Times.' 

 

The most common surname among the Graysville Melungeons is Goins, being so prevalent that the whites in the surrounding area call all the Graysville Melungeons 'Goinses,' rather than Melungeons.  In fact, the term 'Melungeon' is rarely used anywhere in lower East Tennessee. The Goins families are so well known in Rhea County that any dark skinned person, not regarded as a black, is said to 'look like a Goins."

 

In the 1830 census, Hamilton County reported less than 400 families.  Four of them were headed by "Laban Gowan, Roland Gowin, Sandford Gowin and Dodson Gowin."  Each of these families listed colored members [total of 13] and three of them listed white members [total of 6].  All were listed on Page 75 and were located just south of Graysville, Tennessee.  Since Granville Goins did not appear as a householder in 1830, he may have been a son of Laban Goins.

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"David Goins, age 76" was listed as Revolutionary War Pensioner S3406 in Hamilton County in 1834, according to "Twenty Four Hundred Tennessee Pensioners" by Zella Armstrong.  David Smith Goins died in 1840 in Hamilton County, "his pension then being paid to his children" [unnamed], according to pension records.  He did not appear in the 1840 census of Hamilton County.

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Granville Goins was married about 1831, wife's name Mary "Polly," probably in Graysville, located just across the county line in Rhea County.

 

Twelve households of the family were enumerated in the 1840 census of Hamilton County: Sanford Gowin, page 150; Thomas Gowin, page 150; George Gowin, page 150; William Gowin, page 150; John Gowin, page 150; Martin Gowin, page 150; G.[ranville] Gowin, page 150; P. Gowin, page 150; John Gowan page 175; Pryor Gowen, page 175, Carter Gowin, page 177 and Preston Gowen, page 178.  All except the last four were recorded as "free colored."

 

Granville Goins was enumerated as the head of a household No. 1339 in the 1850 census of Hamilton County.  The family was recorded October 21, 1850 as:

 

          "Goins,                Granvill     40, farmer, born in Tennessee

                                       Mary           33, born in Tennessee

                                       Mahaley     18, born in Tennessee

                                       Rachel        14, born in Tennessee

                                       Noah           12, born in Tennessee

                                       Roland        10, born in Tennessee

                                       Dopson         8, born in Tennessee

                                       James            6, born in Tennessee

                                       Nancy            4, born in Tennessee

                                       William   8/12, born in Tennessee"

 

Adjoining the household of Granville Goins was that of Nancy Goins.  The household, No. 1340, was recorded on Page 925 as: "Goins, Nancy, 45, born in Tennessee; Elizabeth, 29, born in Tennessee and Fanney, 10, born in Tennessee."

 

"Granville and Polly Goins" were mentioned in an affidavit signed in 1908 by J. P. Talley of Chattanooga, according to "Cherokee by Blood: Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U.S. Court of Claims, 1906-1910" by Jerry Wright Jordon.  In the hope of compensation, several Melungeon families claimed Cherokee ancestry.  Talley stated:

 

"I [affirm] that I am 80 years of age and lived in James County, Tennessee [later absorbed].  I knew Polly and Granville Goins.  They lived in Hamilton County, but I think they were born in upper Tennessee, probably Grainger County.  Polly and Granville were a little older than myself.  They have been dead 12 or 15 years.  They were never on any Indian rolls that I know of." 

 

                                                J. P. Talley

June 18, 1908                              Chattanooga, Tenn.”

 

At the same time, W. T. Irvin of Chattanooga, grandson-in-law of Granville Goins, and former husband of Mary Jane Goins Irvin who died in 1897, made an affidavit about the family:

 

"I affirm that I live in Marion County, Tennessee [adjoining Hamilton County].  I am 49 years of age.  I make claim for my children.  My first wife has been dead 11 years.  She was about 30 or 32 when she died.  Her parents were Alfred Goins and Halie [Mahala?]Goins.  She claims Indian descent on her father's side and her mother's side.  Her grandparents on her mother's side were Granville and Polly Goins.  On her father's side they were Thomas and Betsy Goins.  They come by the same name because they were probably related.  She was always recognized as an Indian in the community in which she lived.  Her parents and grandparents lived in what is now James County.  Her grandparents originated in Grainger County.  She claimed to be a full-blood Cherokee.  Her grandparents lived in Hamilton County in 1835. 

                                                W. T. Irvin

June 18, 1908                              Chattanooga, Tenn"

 

Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins died about 1914.  Children born to them are believed to include:

 

          Mahala "Halie" Goins                             born about 1832

          Betsy Jane Goins                                     born about 1834

          Rachel Goins                                           born about 1836

          Mary Goins                                              born about 1837

          Noah Goins                                              born about 1838

          Roland Goins                                           born about 1840

          Dodson Goins                                          born about 1842

          Martha Goins                                            born about 1843

          James L. Goins                                         born about 1844

          Nancy Goins                                             born about 1846

          John Goins                                               born about 1847

          William Goins                                          born about 1849

          Francis Marion Goins                               born about 1853

 

Dodson Goins, above, was the subject of an article in the Newsletter, January 1997.

 

Mahala "Halie" Goins, daughter of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1832.  She appeared as an 18-year-old in the 1850 census of her parents household.  She was married about 1850 to Alfred Goins, a cousin.  He was a son of Thomas Goins and Betsy Goins.

 

Children born to Alfred Goins and Mahala "Halie" Going Goins include a daughter, Mary Jane Goins, born about 1865.  The daughter was married about 1882 to W. T. Irvin of Chatanooga.  She died in 1897 at about age 31, according to an affidavit furnished by Irvin, according to "Cherokee by Blood."

 

Betsy Jane Goins, daughter of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1834, according to the research of Ethel Louise Goins Dunn of Crandall, Georgia.  She did not appear in the 1850 census of her parents' household.

 

Rachel Goins, daughter of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1836.  She appeared as a 14-year-old in the 1850 census of the household of her parents.

 

Mary Goins, daughter of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1837, according to Ethel Louise Goins Dunn.  She did not appear in the 1850 census.

 

Noah Goins, son of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1838.  He appeared in the 1850 census of his father's household at age 12.

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Rev. Leonard Goins had the distinction of conducting the funeral service Gertrude Janeway, the last surviving widow of a Union soldier from the Civil War:

 

“Last Recognized Civil War Widow Dies

Sunday, January 19, 2003

By Duncan Mansfield

Associated Press Writer

 

Blaine, Tennessee - Gertrude Janeway, the last widow of a Union veteran from the Civil War, has died in the three-room log cabin where she lived most of her life.  She was 93.

 

Bedridden for years, she died Friday, more than six decades after the passing of the man she called the love of her life, John Janeway, who married her when he was 81 and she was barely 18.

 

"She was a special person," said the Rev. Leonard Goins, who officiated at her funeral Sunday.

 

"Gertie, as she was called, had a vision beyond that [cabin] that kept her going.  She never had any wavering or doubt in her salvation.  She was strong in that," he said.

 

She was to be buried Monday near her husband's slender military tombstone at tiny New Corinth Church cemetery.

 

An honorary member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Mrs. Janeway was the last recognized Union widow.  She received a $70 check each month from the Veterans Administration.

 

Still alive is Confederate widow Alberta Martin, 95, of Elba, Ala.  Mrs. Janeway, who lived her whole life in Blaine, about 30 miles north of Knoxville, was born 44 years after the Civil War ended.

 

In a 1998 interview, she said her husband rarely spoke about the war.  "He says the nighest he ever got to gettin' killed was when they shot a hole through his hat brim," she said, but he never told her where that happened.

 

Her husband was a 19-year-old Grainger County farm boy who ran away to enlist in 1864 after being encouraged by a group of Union horse soldiers that he met on his way to a Blount County grist mill.

 

He sent his horse home and signed up under the surname January because "he was afraid his people would come and claim him," Mrs. Janeway said.

 

Two months later, he was captured by Confederates near Athens, Georgia.  He was later released and rejoined his unit, the 14th Illinois Cavalry Regiment.  After the war, he spent many years in California before returning home to Tennessee and meeting then 16-year-old Gertrude.

 

Mrs. Janeway said her mother refused to sign papers to let her marry him before she turned 18. "So my man says, 'Well, I will wait for her until you won't have to,'" she recalled. "We sparked for three years."

 

She remembered getting married in the middle of a dirt road in 1927 with family and friends gathered around.  He bought her the cabin in 1932, and it was there that he died in 1937, at 91, from pneumonia.

 

"After he died, why it just seemed like a part of me went down under the ground with him," she said in the 1998 interview.  "He is the only one I ever had.  There wasn't anybody else."

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An article describing the life of the last surviving Confederate widow was written by Matthew Linton Chancey, an Alabama free lance writer:

 

Mrs. Alberta Martin, The Last Known Living Widow of a Confederate Veteran

 

Mrs. Alberta Martin, The Old Man’s Darling

 

By Matthew Linton Chancey

 

Crouching in a muddy Virginia trench, Pvt. William Jasper Martin, hot, wet and far from home, shivered with fever and contemplated his prospects.  The backwoods 18 year-old boy represented the shattered remnants of an army that had captivated the world.  The Army of Northern Virginia had started with a few local militias in fancy uniforms and smoothbore muskets, and within two years had earned an everlasting legacy of valor which would fill thousands of books and millions of hearts the world over.

 

They came from all over the South: from the well-bred, tidewater Virginia Cavilier to the ruddy Scottish Presbyterian of the Southern Highlands.  These men represented the South united and the hope of the young confederation of American States which had banded together—as their fathers and grandfathers had—to form a government of their own.  Now in the summer of 1864, the South’s greatest army was slowly sinking into the mire around Petersburg and into history.

 

Today, the American Civil War is considered by most to be ancient history. Aside from your core group of history buffs, many Americans have trouble placing the War Between the States within the right century, let alone understanding the significance of why it was fought.

 

However, The War Between the States did not take place that long ago.  It is true that the technological wonders of the 20th century have created a seemingly insurmountable wall between the Old South and the New.  But the Old South is not that old.  There are people still living today whose grandfathers fought in America’s greatest and most devastating war.  There are even those living who had fathers marching under Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson.  But there is one individual connected to the Old South in a way in which none other can boast.  Pvt. William Jasper Martin’s wife still lives. Mrs. Alberta Martin, age 92 is the last known living widow of a Confederate veteran.

 

If you want to visit "Miz" Alberta, you will not find her living on a plantation estate in Natchez, Mississippi, or Savannah, Georgia, but in a small assisted living facility in Elba, Alabama.  Miz Alberta has been called "the last link to Dixie" because to meet her is to meet history face-to-face.  Although she never lived in the 19th century, her connection to Pvt. W. J. Martin and the Confederacy is special and unique.  Since 1996, Miz Alberta has received the "Alabama State Pension for the Widows of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines."

 

Her story is one of two centuries, two worlds, two societies, two political philosophies and two nations all intersecting.

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“Goins Family Intermarried With Indian Neighbors”

 

This is one of the families included in the book “Early Hamilton Settlers” by John Wilson.

 

In the days when the Cherokee Indians occupied the Chattanooga region, members of the Goins family were their neighbors and intermarried with them.  Some of the Goins clan were of the mysterious dark-skinned Mel-ungeon race.

 

The Goins pioneers made their way from Virginia to Grainger and Claiborne counties and on to Hamilton in the 1820s.  Sanford Goins, Roland Goins, Laban Goins, Dodson Goins and John Goins were here at the time of the 1830 census.  Roland Goins paid George Irwin $50 for 160 acres in 1845. Dodson Goins was among those going out from Ross's Landing in the Second Seminole War in 1837.

 

The Goins family was allied with the Dodsons in Grainger County, Tennessee.  Laban Goins was born in Hanover County, Virginia in 1764, and he had an older brother, David Smith Goins, who was born in 1757. David Smith Goins volunteered for the Revolution in Halifax County, Virginia under Col. William Terry.  He had several terms of service, including a march to join Gen. George Washington's army at Portsmouth, Virginia about two months before the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. 

 

David Smith Goins lived in Grayson County, Virginia, then in Wythe County, Virginia before moving to Grainger County, Tennessee.  He arrived in Hamilton County on the last day of February 1833 and drew a Revolutionary pension of $32 per year.  Laban Goins resided on property at Sale Creek that is now the David Gray Sanctuary of the Audubon Society. Laban Goins' son, Carter Goins, was born in Virginia, and his children included Harbance Goins, Charles Goins and Carter Goins, Jr.  Carter Goins, Jr. was married to Cynthia A. McGill.

 

Children of Harbance Goins included Laban Goins, William Goins, Duncan Goins and Jane Goins.  Carter Goins, Jr. and Cynthia A. McGill Goins had William Goins, Francis Marion Goins, James Goins, Elizabeth Goins who was married to Pleasant Bowling, Jefferson Goins who was married to Sarah Mooneyham, Vandola Goins and Minerva goins who was married to James Goins and Francis Marion Goins, who was born in the removal year. 

 

Francis Marion Goins was married to Sarah Neely and then to Margaret J. Murphy.  He and Jefferson Goins were in the Union's First Light Artillery, and Francis Marion Goins was injured in the Battle of Cumberland Gap.

 

His children included James M. Goins, William J. Goins, Samuel Ulysses S. Grant Goins, Charles Goins, Andrew Goins and Lavada Goins.  By his second wife he had James Robert Goins, Ida Jane Goins and Maria Elizabeth Goins.  Francis Marion Goins died at Burt, Tennessee in Cannon County in 1895.

 

Samuel Ulysses. S. Grant Goins returned to the Graysville area after marrying Mrs. Amanda Mooneyham Barrett in Cannon County.  Her first husband was Albert Barrett of Cannon County.  Samuel Ulysses S.Grant Goins died in 1947, and Amanda Mooneyham Barrett Goins died in 1944.  Their children were John Wiley Goins who was married to Dovie Mae Bedwell, Levada Goins, Emiline Goins who was married to Charles Albert Leffew, Andrew Jackson Goins, Amie Marshall Goins who  was married to Floyd Martin Larmon, and Charles W. Goins who was married to Beatrice Goins.  Andrew Jackson Goins, who was unmarried, for many years had an ice cream cart in Chattanooga, Tennessee..

 

Another early settler was Pryor L. Goins who acquired 82 acres from William Reed for $80 in 1841.  Price Goins and Martha Goins also were here along with Tillman Goins and Dinah Goins.

 

Price Goins had Andrew Jackson Goins who was married to Mary Selvidge, Rachael Goins, Joseph Goins, Preston Goins, Priscilla Goins, Thomas Goins and Mary Goins.

 

Tillman Goins died in the late 1850s.  His children included Julia Ann Goins, Spencer Goins, James Goins, Pleasant Goins, Eliza Goins, William Goins, Carter Goins, Jackson Goins and Isabella Goins.

 

Preston Goins, who was born about 1804, was here [Hamilton County] prior to the war with his wife, Mary Goins.  Their son was Jarrett Goins, who married Rebecca and had William Goins, James Goins and Sarah Goins.

 

The John Goins family was allied with the Fields family, which had a Cherokee background.  John's children included Sandell Goins, Polly Goins, John Goins, Jr, Sanford Goins, Martin Goins, Thomas Goins and Nathan Goins. Sandell Goins was first married to George Fields, a Cherokee who went to Arkansas on the Trail of Tears, but returned to Hamilton County a few years later and died about 1841.  Sandell Goins Fields then married George Still.  Nathan Goins was married to Mary Fields. Another member of the family, Nancy Goins, was married to John Fields.

 

Granville Goins and his wife, Polly Goins, also lived among the Cherokees in Hamilton County.  It was said that Granville Goins knew the Cherokee language and had an Indian name. Granville Goins, who was a carpenter, started on the Trail of Tears, but was among those turning back to Tennessee.

 

Children of Granville Goins included Mahala Goins, Rachael Goins, Noah Goins, Roland Goins, Dodson Goins, Barnes Goins, Nancy Goins and William Goins.

 

One of the best known of the family was Oscar Claiborne Goins who was born in Grainger County February 24, 1830.  His parents moved to Hamilton County when he was three.  His father died when he was 11 and the mother, Nancy Biby Goins, was married in 1846 to a kinsman, Levi Goins.  The other children were Pleasant Goins, William Goins, George W. Goins and Sarah Jane Goins who was  married to James K. Cornell, a carpenter.

 

Oscar Claiborne Goins and his family “settled on a farm among the Cherokee Indians.”  He took over the farm's management after his father's death, then he began clerking in a store at Chattanooga when he was 16. He married Nancy Florence Potter, daughter of Moses Potter and Ellen Potter, in 1853.  They separated after they had a son, William Preston Goins. 

 

John C. Potter, who was married to Tennessee Iles, may be another son of Nancy Potter Goins.  William Preston Goins lived with his Potter grandparents during the Civil War.

 

William Preston Goins moved to Greene County, Arkansas. He was married to Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty, a descendant of the wealthy Rockefeller family.

 

In 1858, Oscar Claiborne Goins was married to Esther Reynolds, daughter of Anderson Reynolds and and Maria Reynolds.

 

Oscar Claiborne Goins was operating a grocery and supply house at Chattanooga when the Civil War broke out.  He enlisted on the Confederate side in the 19th Tennessee Infantry.  He first saw action at Fishing Creek, then was in the fighting at Shiloh.  He was detailed to bring wounded soldiers to Chattanooga, then he helped raise the Lookout Mountain Battery.  He was with this unit at Mobile, then was at Vicksburg before he finally had to leave the service because of poor health.  He was a traveling salesman after the war, and he moved his family near Spring Place, Georgia in 1873, when he acquired the three-story Joe Vann mansion.  The Goins family lived on this fine  plantation the next 22 years.  Oscar C. Goins was in Bradley County when he died in 1903.

 

William A. Goins also enlisted from Hamilton County with the Confederacy.  He was captured at Grand Gulf, Mississippi May 18, 1863, and taken to a prison at Alton, Illinois.  William Goins was sent for exchange on June 12, 1863, but he objected to the terms of the oath of allegiance and was returned to the Alton prison.  He died there July 2, 1864.

 

 A Goins family at Graysville near the Rhea County line had a Melungeon background.  Asa “Acy” Goins was married to Sara Bolden and they had a large family in the Brown Rock section. Acy Goins was one of the sons of Jackson Goins and Jennie  Goins, who moved to Hamilton County from Georgia about 1843. Others were  Richard Goins, William Goins, Henry Goins, Nathaniel Goins, Bradford Goins, George Goins and Robert Goins. Daughters were Sarah J. Goins, Nancy Goins, Caroline Goins, Viola Goins, Lydia Goins and Jane Goins.

 

Also living near the Jackson Goins family were Alfred Goins and Mahala Goins and Francis M. Goins and Sarah Goins.  Acy's Goins youngest child was Alvin Goins, who was born in 1903.  He was kicked in the head by a mule when he was five, and he never learned to read and write. But he could “perform a Goins remarkable feat of computation in his head that would baffle a math professor.  Given the day, month and year of someone's birth, in a few seconds Alvin could estimate the exact number of days that elapsed since then.”  Tested on this by an  author doing a book on Melungeons, “his figures were found to be correct down to the last digit.”  It was said when he worked at a sawmill, he could accurately compute a load of logs and tell how many slabs to cut off.  Some contractors building a brick  building asked his advice on how many bricks to order.  He made the computation in a few minutes.  After the project, three bricks were left over.

 

John C. Goins was born near Apison in 1896.  His grandfathers fought on different sides in the war.  His father was Daniel Alexander Goins and the grandfather was John Goins, who married Amanda Jane Hughes in 1852 and lived in  Bradley County.  John Goins, who was a native of Blount County, fought for the Confederacy with Co. D of Thomas' Legion. There were 12 children, including Daniel Alexander Goins who was born in Bradley County in 1869.  He married Mary Alta Johnson. Daniel A. Goins was killed near his home at Apison in 1939 when he was hit by a bus.  John C. and his younger brother, Charles Daniel Goins, were Chattanooga lawyers, and John C. Goins became a judge in Hamilton County Circuit Court.  John C. Goins was also president of the  Chattanooga Bar Association in 1934 and the Tennessee Bar Association in  1941-42.  He was also a member of the American Bar Association House of  Delegates in 1953-56. He married Wilda Swick, but she died a few hours after their son, John C. Goins Jr., was born.  His second wife was Martha Raulston of Marion County, and their son, Landon Haynes Goins, is a lawyer here.  His first name came from his father's longtime law partner, Landon Gammon. John C. Goins Jr. is a biologist in Missouri.

 

Caroline Goins, daughter of John C. Goins, married attorney Keith Harber.  Bess Goins, sister of John C. Goins, was a teacher at Tyner High School and she married the school's principal, Paul Morris.

 

John C. Goins also had brothers Thomas M. Goins and James Goins.  Thomas M. Goins was an attorney in Pennsylvania.

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Humble Beginnings

 

Miz Alberta was born Alberta Stewart on December 4, 1906, down in a little hollow by a sawmill at a place called Dannely’s Crossroads in Coffee County, Alabama.  Today, although the sawmill is long gone, Dannely’s Crossroads looks much like it did in 1906—a simple intersection surrounded by cotton and peanut fields.  An old filling station sits on the corner, representing the only commercial establishment in the community; and scattered here and there are a few house trailers and the remains of old barns and sharecropper homes.

 

Miz Alberta’s parents, like many folks in the rural South at that time, were sharecroppers who spent their lives moving from field to field, planting and picking under the steamy southern sky.  "Back then times was hard," comments Miz Alberta,  "Back in the olden times, we lived poor. Everything was cheap, but you had no money.  It don’t seem like nothin’s like it use to be.  Seems like ever’thing has got modern."

 

Folks alive today who grew up as sharecroppers will tell you that the arrangement usually resulted in farmer and field hand getting the essentials of life, but not much more. The better the soil in a particular field, the better the crop yield—which translated into greater profits for the sharecropper.  Consequently, the Stewarts moved nearly every year, sometimes just across the street to work in an adjacent field.

 

Although modern family portraits usually picture family members neatly groomed and in comfortable living quarters, the only known picture of the Stewart family shows everyone in a cotton field—little cotton sacks hanging around the tiny bodies of the children.  "Before we were old enough to pick, they would put us in a cotton basket and take us out to the field with ‘em.  They would hang 24-pound flour sacks around our necks.  I started pickin’ cotton just as soon as I could wear that sack.  When we’d get that little ol’ cotton sack full, we emptied it into our mama or daddy’s sack.  We shook peanuts, stacked peanuts, hoed peanuts, hoed cotton and picked up roots where they’d clear a patch for plantin’ next year.  It was hard work."

 

Even though the Stewarts and most of their neighbors were dirt poor, Miz Alberta still remembers some of the good times they had down on the farm.  Every 4th of July, ol’ Doc Donaldson, who owned many of the fields in the area, would have a big Independence Day dinner where all his hands and anybody else who wanted to come could spend the day eating and playing games. Mr. Stewart loved to dance, and, according to Miz Alberta, "He could play the fiddle right smart."  He decided to throw a party one day for all the neighbors.  So they cleared the furniture and beds out of one room and had a big dance.  Miz Alberta remembers that the guests spit tobacco juice all over the floor, and her daddy promised never to host another indoor dance again.  Such was life on the red dirt roads in Curtis, Alabama.

 

With the good times came some bad as well.  When Alberta was 11 years old, her mother died after a long, painful battle with cancer.  In 1918, Alberta’s brother, A. J.  went off to war in France for Uncle Sam.  Shortly after A. J. shipped out, so did the rest of the Stewarts.  Mr. Stewart decided to move his family to a place that might have been as distant as Europe as far as the children were concerned—Tallassee, Alabama [around 100 miles from Curtis].

 

It was in Tallassee that Alberta married her first husband, Howard Farrow, in a little church on a street corner.  Mr. Farrow made his living driving a taxi cab.  While she was pregnant with their first child, Miz Alberta worked 12 hours a day in a cotton mill until her clothes could no longer hide her condition.  Shortly before their son, Harold, was born, Mr. Farrow abandoned his young, pregnant wife. 

 

Matters only worsened.  When Harold was only six months old, his father burned to death in a violent car accident.  After Howard’s death, Alberta and her father moved back south, this time outside of Opp, Alabama, in Covington County.  They moved in with Alberta’s half-brother and his family.  Living conditions were cramped in the little house, and Miz Alberta would periodically take Harold out for some fresh air in the front yard.  The house was surrounded by a picket fence, and it was at this fence line that Miz Alberta remembers seeing an old man frequently passing by on his way to town.

 

Unbeknownst to her, this particular old man had passed the house for reasons other than to meet some old war buddies at the corner store for a game of dominoes.

 

Mr. Martin Little is known of the early history of Pvt. W. J. Martin.  He was born in Macon County, Georgia in December 1845, but spent most of his life in the Covington County area.  W. J. Martin joined the Confederate army in May, 1864.  He fell in with Company K of the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, which at the time was involved in the siege of Petersburg and action around Richmond.  As for the rest of his War record, confusion abounds, since there were three or four “W. Martins” in the 4th Alabama Infantry, including two in company K.  It appears that several records have also been commingled. 

 

What happened after Pvt. Martin arrived in Petersburg is sketchy.  He took part in the Howlett’s House skirmish near Richmond and was eventually hospitalized with Rubella.  Some records list a William Martin as a deserter, but that William Martin was recorded as being born in Alabama.  William Jasper Martin was born in Georgia.  The William Martin who was listed as a deserter joined the Army when he was 16.  William Jasper Martin joined when he was 18.  To add to the confusion, when W. J. was in the hospital, some of his comrades reported him dead.

 

Despite the ambiguity of the official record, Pvt. Martin later convinced the State of Alabama that he was eligible for the Confederate veterans’ pension through the production of witnesses testifying to his military service. Additionally, the War Department could find no evidence in 1920 that William Jasper Martin was a deserter.  Mr. Martin, like so many other Alabama Confederate veterans, applied for a pension late in life—as one’s net worth had to be $400.00 or less to be eligible.

 

We may never know for sure whether W. J. was a deserter or not, but we do know that veteran Pvt. Martin was a true Confederate at heart.  Miz Alberta remembers that he made an effort to attend every annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans in Montgomery.  "Mr. Martin," as Alberta called him, had changed considerably since his military days—at least physically.  The sounds of battle long since faded, the old warrior was in his eighties now. But his elderly frame hid a youthful spirit.

 

Their courtship was brief—just a few conversations over the fence rail.  He asked; she consented.  Mr. Martin then had to ask Mr. Stewart for his daughter’s hand.  Mr. Stewart gave his consent.  Although it was an unusual match, he had little of which to complain.  Mr. Martin was a sober man, and his generous pension of $50.00 a month would give Alberta and Harold a good life.

 

The wedding was scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 1927.  W. J. was nearly 82; Miz Alberta had just turned 21. It may be safe to assume that never had the town of Opp heard such a story.  This was to be a most abnormal marriage, and the gossip flowed freely.  Mrs. Martin went to town and bought herself a blue dress with a floral design in front extending from the neckline down to the hem.  Mr. Martin wore a dress shirt and sport coat.  They were married at the courthouse in Andalusia, the Covington County seat.  When asked if she loved him, Miz Alberta stated that her marriage to W. J. was not based on the type of love found between two young people, but on mutual respect and need.  Both wanted companionship and support—a young widow with a baby to look after, and an old man who needed someone to take care of him.

 

The uneventful wedding concluded, Mr. Martin took his new bride home to meet the family.  Mr. Martin lived with one of his sons [from an earlier marriage] and his family. Thus the peculiar wedding gave way to a very peculiar honeymoon when the new Mr. and Mrs. Martin spent their first night together in the same bedroom with four other family members.  Needless to say, Miz Alberta remembers that " after that first weekend, we got out of that place and found us our own home in town."

 

No sooner had the gossip died down in Opp when it was announced that Mrs. Martin would be expecting her second child.  Ten months after the marriage, Willie was born.  Mr. Martin was very proud of his little boy.  He would periodically take him into town, carrying the lad on his shoulders to show off his prize.

 

Remembering the War Mr. Martin never talked very much to his young wife about his service with the 4th Alabama. One of the few things she remembers is his complaining about how hungry he was and how on passing a field, he would dig frantically to find a potato or something left from the harvest.  The grim memories of trench warfare also were related.  Mr. Martin told Alberta about how he and his messmates would constantly throw firewood, blankets, and anything else on the floor of the trench in order to stay out of the mud. He also confided to Miz Alberta that Union men had tried to get him to enlist and serve Abe Lincoln’s army—a proposition he flatly refused.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Martin’s marriage was brief, lasting only 4 ½ years.  During the 1920s and ‘30s, Pvt. Martin and his Confederate comrades began slipping into eternity at an ever-increasing rate.  His funeral was very simple and without pageantry.  Today, beneath a large cedar tree in the Cool Springs Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Opp, Alabama, a simple VA marker identifies his grave.  Today, when asked why she married a man so much older than herself, Miz Alberta just smiles and says, "It’s better to be an old man’s darlin’ than a young man’s slave!"

 

Two months after Mr. Martin’s death, Alberta married again, this time to Mr. Charlie Martin.  Charlie was the grandson of W. J. Martin from his first marriage, which had taken place over 50 years earlier.  By this time, the folks in Opp had seen just about everything.  At first, the local clergy were not sure how to handle the marriage, so Charlie and Alberta were temporarily estranged from their church.  But upon further study of the Scripture, it was agreed that the Martins were not committing sin, and the couple was welcomed back into fellowship.

 

In 1936 the Martins moved to Elba, where they spent most of their life together.  The two were married for over 50 years until Mr. Martin’s death in 1983.  After Charlie died, Miz Alberta settled down for permanent widowhood.  She led a quiet life, playing bingo at the local Senior Citizens Center and attending church with her friends.  Every now and again someone would ask her about her Confederate husband, but for the most part Miz Alberta’s past remained largely unknown.  That is until Daisy Wilson Cave, supposedly the "last known living Confederate widow" died around 1990. 

 

The overlooked widow.  In the Spring of 1996 when the Pvt. William Rufus Painter Camp # 1719 realized who they had in their back yard, Dr. Ken Chancey, a visiting SCV member from the Col. William C. Oates Camp #809, Dothan, Alabama, volunteered to visit Miz. Alberta and see if the SCV could offer any assistance to her.

 

After driving around Elba trying to find the right street, he finally received a police escort to her house.  Miz Alberta was pleased as always to have visitors and listened intently as Dr. Chancey asked her questions about her needs.  She made two requests to the doctor:  One was that he help her receive the recognition to which she believed she was entitled for marrying into history.  She modestly stated that she had never done anything all that important in her life, but she was the last Confederate widow.  The second request was that the SCV look into her eligibility for a Confederate pension.  After receiving assurance from Dr. Chancey that he would do his best, the two said their good-byes.

 

On to Richmond!

 

In 1996, the SCV held its 100th anniversary convention in Richmond, Virginia, at the majestic Jefferson Hotel.  Men from all over the country gathered for the opening session of the Convention.  SCV members could be easily identified—their Sunday suits glittered with heritage metals and Bonnie Blue lapel pins.  The convention promised to be the one of the most memorable in SCV history.

 

In the main ballroom the 5th Alabama Infantry Band played Southern music with passion, and the stage was draped with a huge Confederate Battle Flag.  After the ceremonies began, the Commander-in-Chief of the SCV announced that they had a special guest among them.

 

"Men, can you believe it?  We still have one with us!" He then introduced Alberta Martin as the last known living widow of a Confederate veteran, and the brand new recipient of the "Alabama State Pension for the Widows of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines."  Mrs. Martin was slowly wheeled down the aisle by Dr. Chancey.  As she passed, whispers could be heard, "That’s the widow…that’s her, boys."  The men burst into a rousing ovation while Miz Alberta, with both hands, began throwing kisses.

 

This provoked the men to more intense applause and some were observed weeping, as they no doubt realized the special connection this 89-year-old woman had to their own Confederate heritage.

 

With the applause and rebel yells continuing, Miz Alberta was asked if she would like to say anything.  She told the men that she loved them and thanked them for all they had done for her.  With that, the ovations and rebel yells started up again.  This was the largest and warmest reception Mrs. Martin had ever received in her life.

 

Miz Alberta has since been to numerous reenactments, Confederate grave dedications, a funeral for an unknown Gettysburg casualty, a meeting with a Union veteran’s widow, dedication of the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library, several more SCV annual conventions, and the recent Confederate Flag rally in Columbia, S.C.  Who would have thought that Fate would have it that a little old woman, who grew up dirt poor in southeast Alabama, would become the most unique direct link to an old civilization that has endeared the hearts of millions?

 

Alberta Martin’s life is a silent reminder to us not to get so caught up in "progress" that we forget the important lessons and experiences from the past.

 

The seeds of her unique legacy have apparently fallen on fertile ground, for in the last ten years, Confederate heritage groups have mushroomed in the North and South. Never since the end of Reconstruction has there been such a renewed interest in what it means to be Southern and a descendant of a Confederate soldier, sailor, or marine. With this movement is developing a common icon—not of a masculine reenactor in his dress grays, or a suave politician speaking on State’s Rights—but of a little old widow from Elba, Alabama, waving a Confederate Battle Flag and blowing kisses to descendents of men who fought along with her late husband for the cause of Southern independence.

 

Ol’ times there are not forgotten…

 

Matthew Linton Chancey is an Alabama-born freelance writer currently living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Roland Goins, son of parents unknown, was born about 1810.  He was married about 1833, wife's name Elizabeth.  He was reported at age 40 in the 1850 census of Hamilton County, Civil District 27, Household 662-830:

 

          " Goins,               Rolin          40, born in TN

                                       Elizabeth    35,

                                       John           15,

                                       Dotson       13,

                                       Harrison    10"

 

The family reappeared in the 1860 census of adjoining Roane County, Civil District 6, Household 927-1064:

 

          "Goen,                  Rowlen      45, born in TN

                                       Betsy           35

                                       Wm. D.       23

                                       Harrison     19"

 

"Betsy Goen" is regarded as the second wife of Rolin Goins.  Children born to Roland Goins and Betsy Goins are unknown.

 

Children born to Roland Goins and Elizabeth Goins include:

 

          John Goins                                      born about 1835

          William Dotson Gowins                born about 1837

          Jesse Harrison Goins                     born about 1840

         

John Goins, son of Roland Goins and Elizabeth Goins, was born about 1835, probably in Hamilton County.  He appeared as a 15-year-old in the 1850 census in the household of his father.

 

William Dotson Gowins, son of Roland Goins and Elizabeth Goins, was born about 1836, probably in Hamilton County, Tennessee.  He appeared at age 23 in his father's household in the 1860 census of Roane County. 

 

He was married to Sarah E. Morris in Roane County March 20, 1861, according to Roane County marriage records.  They were members of the Prospect Baptist Church there [now Loudon County] along with several Morris families.

 

He enlisted in the Forty-third Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company F, in 1861, along with his brother, Jesse Harrison Goins.  He participated in the Battle of Vicksburg and died during the battle or shortly afterwards, according to Mary Ruth McKinney, a descendant of Dallas, Texas.  His widow was remarried to Robert E. Redpath and removed to Illinois about 1868, according to research of Mary Ruth McKenney.

Wife #2

was Sarah [Morris] Gowen, gr grandmother of my husband, Kenneth Reeves.

  Robert and first wife were on the 1860 Allegheny Co PA census.  I

found that on an index, but have not seen the actual census.  By 1870,

Robert, age 50 b PA, was in Marion Co IL with 2nd wife, Sarah 27 b TN.

The children listed were Wilbur, 19 PA, Alice 17 PA, Emma 13 PA, Robert

9 PA and Flora B. 1 IL.  Flora was evidently from 2nd marriage to Sarah.

  In 1880 Marion Co IL, Robert 60 PA, Sarah 40 TN, Emma K 24 PA, Robert

E 19 PA, Charles N 12 IL, Frank W 9 IL, Schulyer E 6 IL and William 4

IL.

  In 1900, Sarah was living in Lawrence Co MO, age 57, born Apr 1843.

Her youngest son, John Bert born Dec 1880, was also residing there.

  All that was known by the family is the marriage of Sarah Gowen to a

Mr Redpath, and that they had a son Bert (John Bert).  None of the other

siblings were ever mentioned to the grandchildren of Jesse Gowen, older

son of Sarah [Morris] Gowen Redpath.

  Earlier today, I found the marriage record for Charles N Redpath to

Arlie Schooley, Cook Co IL 20 May 1893.  I believe this was Charles, s/o

Robert, but there is no proof of that.

  John Bert Redpath married a lady named Rachel, born in KS.  He died

July 1973 in Tulsa, Tulsa Co OK.

  I hope someone knows of these Redpaths.  They have certainly remained

a mystery as far as this branch of the family is concerned.

    Joyce House-Reeves

  

 

Children born to William Dotson Gowin and Sarah E. Morris Gowin include:

 

          Jesse Harrison Gowin                  born July 28, 1862

 

Jesse Harrison Gowin, son of William Dotson Gowin and Sarah E. Morris Gowin, was born July 28, 1862 in Loudon, Tennessee.  He was married in 1887 to Sallie Ann Robertson in Seymore, Missouri.  Children born to Jesse Harrison Gowin and Sallie Ann Robertson Gowin are unknown.

 

Jesse Harrison Goins, son of Roland Goins and Elizabeth Goins, was born about 1840.  He appeared as a 10-year-old in the 1850 census of Hamilton County in his father's household.  He was enumerated at age 19 in the 1860 census of Hamilton County as "Harrison Goen."  He and his brother William Dotson Gowin enlisted in 1861 in Company F, 43rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment and participated in the Battle of Vicksburg.

 

Dodson Goins, son of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1842.  He was recorded as an eight-year-old in the 1850 census of Hamilton County.  He was married about 1864 to Erelda Goins, daughter of Nathan Goins and Sarah Elizabeth McGill Goins, according to Dunn research.

 

"Dodson Goin" was listed as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Cannon County, Enumeration District 24, page 25, Civil District 9, enumerated as:

 

          "Goin,        Dodson               36, born in TN

                             Erilday                35, born in TN

                             Noah                   15, born in TN

                             William              13, born in TN

                             Psalmist               9, born in TN, son

                             Mahala                  7, born in TN

                             Lotta                     6, born in TN

                             De A.                     1, born in TN, son"

 

The full name of the third son of Dodson Goin and Erilday Goin is believed to be "Psalmist David Goin."  Later he would be known as "Sam D. Goin." [Samuel David Goins]  He was born in Tennessee in January 1870, according to the census. 

 

Dodson Goin died in 1887, according to Dunn research, and his widow was remarried to Joshua Columbus Goins, unidentified.  Erelda Goins Goins Goins was still living in 1905 in Cannon County.

 

Children born to Dodson Goins and Erelda Goins Goins in­clude:

 

          Noah Goins                                                      born about 1865

          William Granville Goins                                 born about 1866

          Psalmist David Goins                                      born January 1870

          Mahala Goins                                                   born about 1873

          Lottie Bell         Goins                                      born about 1874

          De Amold        Goins                                       born about 1878

          Jacob Benjamin Goins                                     born about 1883

 

Noah Goins, son of Dodson Goin and Erelda Goins Goins, was born about 1865 in Hamilton County.  He appeared as a 15-year-old in the 1880 census of his father's household.  He was married about 1888, wife's name Jane.  Children born to Noah Goins and Jane Goins are unknown.

 

William Granville Goins, son of Dodson Goin and Erelda Goins Goins, was born about 1866 in James County, Tennessee.  He appeared as a 13-year-old in the 1880 census of Cannon County.  He was married about 1889, wife's name unknown.

 

Children born to them include:

 

          Ida Goins                                                           born January 4, 1891

          Claud Goins                                                      born October 11, 1895

          Irene Goins                                                        born December 9, 1901

 

Psalmist David Goins, son of Dodson Goin and Erelda Goins Goins, was born in January 1870.  He was enumerated at age 9 in the 1880 census. 

 

"Sam D. Goin" was married about 1897 to Mary Clark, de­scribed as a "caucasian."  He filed suit in 1905 in Franklin County, Tennessee seeking to have his son Henry E. [or Harry E.] Goins reinstated in school from which he had been expelled for "being a Negro."

 

In a deposition taken December 22, 1905 in Winchester, Tennessee, Sam D. Goin advised that he would be "35 next month" and that he was the father of Harry E. Goin who was born July 19, 1898.  He stated that "Harry E. Goin, his oldest living child" was enrolled in school in the Ninth Civil District of Franklin County in July 1904 at age six.  He was dismissed by the teacher, J. B. Smith on the suspicion of being a Negro.

 

"Sam D. Goin" testified that he was "Cherokee and Irish" and had no Negro blood.  He stated that he went to white schools in Cannon and Wilson Counties.

 

In the hearing Mary Clark Goin deposed that she was "born and raised in Franklin County and that she did not know if her husband had any Negro blood." 

 

"Mrs. Erilday Goin, mother of Sam D. Goin, age 73" [most likely 60], testified that her son was a "little darker than white people."  The deposition record gives no hint as to the final result of the hearing.

 

Children born to Psalmist David Goins and Mary Clark Goins include:

 

          Harry E. Goins                                            born July 19, 1898

 

Harry [Henry] E. Goins, son of Psalmist David Goins and Mary Clark Goins, was born July 19, 1898.  He was the subject of a school controversy in 1905 in Franklin County, Tennessee.

 

Mahala Goins, daughter of Dodson Goin and Erelda Goins Goins, was born about 1873.  She was recorded at age seven in the 1880 census of Cannon County.  She died in 1884, ac­cording to Dunn research.

 

Lottie Belle Goins, daughter of Dodson Goin and Erelda Goins Goins, was born about 1874.  She was enumerated at age six in the 1880 census.  She died in 1893, according to Dunn research.

 

De Amold Goins, son of Dodson Goin and Erelda Goins Goins, was born about 1879.  He was recorded as a one-year-old in the 1880 census of his father's household.  He died in 1884, according to Dunn research.

 

Jacob Benjamin Goins, son of Dodson Goin and Erelda Goins Goins, was born about 1883.  He died in 1891, according to Dunn research.

 

Martha Goins, daughter of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1843, according to Ethel Louise Goins Dunn.  She did not appear in the 1850 census of her father's household..

 

James L. Goins, son of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1844.  He ap­peared as a six-year-old in the 1850 census.  He was married about 1870 to a cousin, Melvina Goins, daughter of Martin Goins and Susan Goins.  James L. Goins died August 20, 1897.

 

According to the research of Ethel Louise Goins Dunn, children born to James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins include:

 

          Mary Goins                                   born about 1871

          Elijah Goins                                  born June 7, 1873

          Archibald Goins                           born September 8, 1874

          Charles Goins                               born February 10, 1876

          Albert Goins                                 born about 1878

          Mattie Goins                                 born about 1879

          Thomas Goins                               born about 1880

          John Goins                                    born about 1883

 

Mary Goins, daughter of James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins, was born about 1871.  She was married about 1890, husband's name Erwin, according to Dunn research.

 

Elijah Goins, son of James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins, was born June 7, 1873 in James County, Tennessee.  He was married about 1896, wife's name Dora.  Children born to Elijah Goins and Dora Goins are unknown.

 

Archibald Goins, son of James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins, was born September 8, 1874 in James Gounty.  He was married about 1897, wife's name Florence. 

 

Children born to Archibald Goins and Florence Goins include:

 

          Eliza Goins                                                         born about 1900

 

Eliza Goins, daughter of Archibald Goins and Florence Goins, was born about 1900, according to John Harrison, a grandson.

 

Charles Goins, son of James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins, was born February 10, 1876.  He was married about 1899, wife's name Nancy.  Of Charles Goins and Nancy Goins nothing more is known.

 

Albert Goins, son of James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins, was born about 1878. 

 

Children born to Albert Goins include:

 

          James Goins                                                       born about 1918

 

Mattie Goins, daughter of James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins, was born about 1879.  She died in 1898, according to Dunn research.

 

Thomas Goins, son of James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins, was born about 1880.  He died in 1906, according to Dunn research.

 

John Goins, son of James L. Goins and Melvina Goins Goins, was born about 1886.  He died in 1906, according to Dunn research.

 

Nancy Goins, daughter of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1846.  She appeared as a four-year-old in the 1850 census.

 

John Goins, son of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1847, according to Ethel Louise Goins Dunn.  He did not appear in the 1850 census of his father's household.

 

William Goins, son of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1849.  He was enumerated at "eight months" in the 1850 census of his par­ents' household.

 

Francis Marion Goins, son of Granville Goins and Mary "Polly" Goins, was born in Hamilton County about 1853, according to Ethel Louise Goins Dunn..

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Isabella Goins was married January 6, 1813 to Thomas Har­riss, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  

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Joseph Anderson Goins was born about 1820, possibly in Grainger County, according to a letter written by Doris Ann Goins Ketner of Clinton, Tennessee.  He was married about 1843, and the bride is believed to be Martha Lipscomb. 

 

Children born to Joseph Anderson Goins and Martha Lip­scomb Goins include:

 

          Joseph Anderson Goins, Jr.                       born August 15, 1848

 

Joseph Anderson Goins, Jr, son of Joseph Anderson Goins and Martha Lipscomb Goins, was born August 15, 1848 probably in Greene County, Tennessee.  He was married in 1868 to Su­san Perkey. They and their 12 children removed to Anderson­ville, Tennessee about 1886.  Children born to Joseph Ander­son Goins and Susan Perkey Goins are unidentified.

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Lloyd P. Goins, son of Charlie Goins and Nancy Goins, was born November 3, 1906 in Dayton, Tennessee, according to the research of Roberta E. Horton, Foundation Member of Concord, California.  He was married about 1934 to Cora Mae Thrailkill who was born January 24, 1908 to Naomi Swafford Thrailkill.  In 1946 they were living in Los Angeles, Califor­nia.

 

Lloyd P. Goins died in May 1991 in Chattanooga, and his wife died December 13, 1995 in San Diego, California.

 

Children born to Lloyd P. Goins and Cora Mae Thrailkill Goins include:

 

          Betty June Goins                                               born about 1936

          Martha Imogene Goins                                      born about 1938

          Lloyd Dewayne Goins                                       born about 1941

          Barbara Yvonne Goins                                      born about 1944

          Treva Ladoyn Goins                                          born October 18, 1946

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Malinda Goins was enumerated in the 1870 census of Grainger County living in Household No. 37 headed by James Dotson in Thornhill District:

 

          Dotson,                James         32, farmer

                                       Prior           38, farmer

          Goins                    Malinda    27, domestic servant

                                       Mary            6”

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Nancy Bibee Goins and her husband, name unknown, removed from Grainger County in 1833 "and settled among the Cherokees" in Hamilton County, Tennessee, according to "Memoirs of Georgia" published in 1895 in Atlanta by Southern Historical Association.

 

Nancy Bibee Goins was remarried to Levi Goins after the death of her first husband in 1841, according to this volume.  This statement has not been documented by Tennessee county records.  If this statement is not correct, then Levi Goins, in­stead of being a kinsman of her first husband, was her first husband.  Levi Goins appeared as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Hamilton County, Household 318, page 782:

 

          "Goins,                Levi                      50, born in Tennessee

                                       Nancy                   40, born in Tennessee

                                       Oscar                    22, born in Tennessee

                                       Jane                      20, born in Tennessee

                                       Pleasant                16, born in Tennessee

                                       William                14, born in Tennessee

                                       George                 11, born in Tennessee"

 

“Levi Goins,” age 38, was convicted of larceny in Hamilton County and was sentenced to serve time in the state penitentiary at Nashville, Tennessee, according to “Convicts in the Tennessee State Penitentiary, 1831-1850.”

 

Children born to Nancy Bibee Goins and her first husband included:

 

          Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins

                                                                    born February 24, 1830

          Sarah Jane Goins                              born about 1831

          Pleasant Goins                                  born about 1833

          William A. Goins                             born about 1835

          George Goins                                   born about 1838

 

Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins, son of Nancy Goins, was born in Grainger County February 24, 1830, [1829?], according to "Memoirs of Georgia."

 

"The father of Mr. Goins, a native of Wythe County, Virginia, was born during the early part of this century.  He moved to Cocke County, Tennessee with his parents.  Later he settled in Hamilton County where he was married Miss Nancy Biby of Cocke County.  They had five children, four sons and one daughter, Oscar C, William W, Pleasant W, George W. and Sarah Jane.  She was married to James K. Connell of Virginia and now resides in Birmingham, Alabama.  The others are now deceased, Oscar C. being the survivor."

 

In 1833 the family of Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins re­moved to Hamilton County where he had the opportunity of getting well acquainted with the Cherokee Indians.  His father farmed there until he died in 1841.  His mother was remarried in 1846 to Levi Goins, suggested as a kinsman to her first husband.  Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins left home shortly afterward and went to Chattanooga when he found a job as a "clerk in a mercantile house."

 

"He remained there for 13 years where he acquired an extensive and practical knowledge of mercantile affairs which has since proven to be of infinite value to him," according to "Memoirs of Georgia."

 

He was married about 1853 to Nancy Florence Potter who was born in Alabama in 1832.  She appeared as a 22-year-old unmarried female living in her father's household in the 1850 census of Hamilton enumerated October 3, 1850.  A son, their only child was born to them May 11, 1855.  It is assumed that they were divorced about 1856.

 

He was remarried there in 1858 to Esther C. Reynolds, daughter of Anderson Reynolds of Chattanooga.  Immediately after his marriage he went into the grocery business which he operated until the beginning of the Civil War.

 

The family was enumerated in the 1860 census of Hamilton County as:

 

          "Goins,                  O. C.           30, born in TN

                                         Ester           21, born in TN

          Reynolds,               Mary           15, born in TN"

 

Anderson Reynolds wrote his will July 17, 1860 including the names of Sarah Crabtree and Ester Reynolds Goins among his heirs.

 

Nancy Florence Potter Goins was enumerated in the household of her parents in the 1860 census of Hamilton County:

 

          "Potter,                Moses                     60, born in TN, farmer,

                                                                             $240 real estate

                                       Ellander                  56, born in SC

                                       Nancy                      28, born in AL

                                       Elizabeth                 26, born in TN

                                       McKelvey                13, born in TN

                                       James H.                    8, born in TN

                                       *Wm. Preston            6, born in TN"

 

The household of Moses Potter reappeared in the 1870 census of Hamilton County, No. 93-93 in Civil District 12:

 

          "Potter,                Moses                           70, born in TN, farm laborer

                                       Ellen                              66, born in SC

                                       Nancy                             40, born in AL

                                       Elizabeth                        38, born in TN

                                       John                               16, born in TN

                                       *Preston                         15, born in TN

                                       George W.                        6, born in TN

 

William Preston Goins was enumerated as William Preston Potter in 1860 and 1870.  His grandfather Moses Potter lived to be 104, according to the research of Louise Goins Richardson.

 

William Preston Goins enlisted in Company B, Nineteenth Tennessee Infantry Regiment commanded by Col. J. C. Cummins.  Shortly afterward he was commissioned a second lieutenant in command of his company.  His first engagement was in the Battle of Fishing Creek, Kentucky.  Afterward his regiment participated in the two-day Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee.

 

Following this battle, he was ordered to bring the wounded to Chattanooga by way of Mobile and Montgomery and Atlanta.  Upon completing this assignment, he assisted in the raising of Lookout Mountain Battery under the command of Capt. R. L. Barry.  Later Barry's Light Artillery was transferred to Knoxville, then to West Point, Mississippi and finally to Pollard, Alabama near Alabama.  The battery was stationed there for 12 months, serving to protect the railroad junction there. 

 

When the battle for Vicksburg intensified, the battery was moved northward to Jackson, Mississippi.  It participated in the Battle of Baker's Creek and then moved to Yazoo City in an attempt to repel the Union gunboats on the Mississippi under the command of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston.  After the fall of Vicksburg July 4, 1863, the battery was pulled back to Jackson.

 

According to "Tennessee Soldiers in the Civil War," John Goins, Levi Goins and Rosco Goins served as privates in Company C, Thirty-seventh Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.  Henry Goins served in Company G in the Thirty-seventh as a cook.  Pvt. Oscar C[laiborne] Goins was shown as a member of Barry's Light Artillery.

 

"Pvt. Rosco Goengs" and Pvt. John Goins were members of Co. C, Thirty-seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment in 1862, according to "Confederate Veteran," Volume 28, [1920].  The regiment was organized in Morristown, Tennessee in May 1861.

 

After the war, he returned to Chattanooga broken in spirit, broken in health and broken in finances.  He, like many Confederate veterans, had to attempt to rebuild his life.  For the next 13 years he became a traveling salesman, and gradually regained his finances. 

 

Anderson Reynolds, former father-in-law of Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins, died about 1866, and Goins, joined by John Crabtree and Sarah Crabtree, appeared in court to contest the will.  They were unsuccessful.

 

In 1873 they removed to Spring Place, Georgia in Murray County, just across the state line.  There he bought a plantation with a large two-story mansion which had been originally built Chief Joe Vann of the Cherokees.  From its earliest days, it was a historic landmark, and in recent years has been registered by the State of Georgia as a historic site. 

 

Dr. Kemp Mabry of Statesboro, Georgia wrote an account of the history of the Vann House:

 

Among historic sites still open to the public is the magnificent Chief Vann House at Spring Place, between Dalton and Chatsworth. Built in 1804 by James Vann, a minor Cherokee chief, its equal was never seen in the Cherokee Nation.

 

"James Vann, son of a Scot trader, Clement Vann and Wawli, a Cherokee princess, owned property and businesses throughout Cherokee Indian Territory. He was responsible for construction of Jellico Road, now U. S. 76, which the mansion faces.

 

He had two wives, a fierce temper and a bad drinking problem. However, in 1801, he offered land to Moravian missionaries of New Salem, N. C., for a school. His family embraced Christianity, but he called it a fable. 

 

The James Vann family moved into the three-story brick mansion on March 24, 1005.  Envisioned by Vanns for several generations, James lived there only five years. He had killed several men‑‑white, Indian and Black slaves. After he killed his brother‑in‑law, that death was avenged in a tavern in what is now Forsyth County.

 

James' son, Joseph, inherited the house, amassed great wealth and gained the nickname of "Rich Joe."  Pres. James Monroe visited in 1819.  In 1834, "Rich Joe: hired a white overseer but was evicted by Georgia Home Guards. Gold had been discovered near Dahlonega, a land lottery held, and white Georgians were to take over Cherokee lands.

 

John Howard Payne, who wrote "Home, Sweet Home," was incarcerated in a slave cabin on the Vann planta­tion because of had Cherokee sympathies. Joseph Vann and his family fled to Tennessee, but by 1838, most of the Cherokees were herded toward Oklahoma. More than 4,000 died along the infamous "Trail of Tears."

 

"Rich Joe" Vann built a replica of the mansion at Web­bers Falls, Oklahoma.  Northern troops destroyed it during the War Between the States.  "Rich Joe" died in an explosion of a steamboat he was racing on the Ohio River October 23, 1844.

 

The Chief Vann House was built of native Murray County materials except for windows brought from Savannah.  Interior decorations mimic colors of nature--blue [sky], green [trees], red [clay soil] and yellow [ripened grain].

 

The hall stairway is the oldest cantilevered construction in Georgia, with no semblance of support under the landing platform.  Third floor coffin-shaped bedrooms had thousands of sightseers names written on their walls by 1930.  There had been 15 different owners since "Rich Joe's" eviction in 1834, and the mansion was sadly dilapidated.

 

In the 1950s, the Chief Vann House was renovated and fully restored to its original splendor, dedicated by Gov. Marvin Griffin in 1958.  Will Rogers, humorist and movie star, was the most famous Vann descendant, 42 of whom attended the dedication."

 

Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins was enumerated in the 1880 census of Murray County:

 

          "Goins,                O. C.                             51, born in Tennessee

                                       Ester C.                         45, born in Tennessee"

 

About 1895, he returned to Chattanooga to live, perhaps shortly after the death of Esther C. Reynolds Goins who died in that year, according to Myra Peeples Steed, a niece.  He sold the Chief Vann home in that year.  The deed was prepared and notarized in Hamilton County.  He was described as a widower in a deed dated October 5, 1897.  He was remarried about 1898 to Mary E. Mitchell.

 

He died there December 5, 1903 and was buried in Flint Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery.  He was buried about one mile from his farm, 244 acres located nine miles south of Cleveland, Tennessee.  Lois Goins Richardson, a great-granddaughter wrote, " I have been to his grave, cleaned his tombstone and made prints of it.  The stone is very nice, made of white marble with black marble inlay in it."

 

Mary E. Mitchell Goins was appointed administratrix of the estate by Bradley County Probate Court September 5, 1904.  She returned to the court April 3, 1905 an inventory of the sale of the estate of Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins:

 

    "Cultivator    $    8.00

    Disk Harrow                5.00

    Mowing Machine                .50

    Turning Plow                      .50

    Turning Plow                      .30

    One-half interest in Binder               26.50

    Brace & Bits                        .75

    Double foot plow              .30

    Box of tools                      .30

    Set of Trace Chains         .45

    Hoe & Plow                      .35

    Hoe                    .15

    Cross-cut Saw                        .45

    Watch              1.00

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              Total    $       45.20

 

No children born to Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins, Esther C. Reynolds Goins and Mary E. Mitchell Goins.  Mary E. Mitchell Goins was survived by Ruth Mitchell Austin, a great niece, who in 1993 continued to own part of the Goins farm.

 

One son was born to Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins and Nancy Florence Potter Goins:

 

          William Preston Goins                   born December 6, 1902

 

William Preston Goins, only child of Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins and Nancy Florence Potter Goins, was born May 11, 1855 in Hamilton County.  It is believed that he lived with his Potter grandparents, Moses Potter and Ellander Potter when his father went away to serve the Confederacy.  He had a cousin by the name of John Potter. 

 

Just prior to the Battle of Chickamauga the Potters found themselves situated in the path of the Union Army of the Cumberland under the command of Gen. William Starkie Rosencrans.  Before engaging the Confederate army, Gen. Rosencrans halted his army in the fertile valley near Chat­tanooga and sent out foraging parties.  They stripped the surrounding farms of their cattle and hogs and plundered their barns for provender.

 

The book, "Battle of Chickamauga" describes how the Union soldiers covered the valleys like a swarm of locusts.  Gen. Rosencrans even held his troops there in the summer of 1863 until the corn crop ripened and then had his soldiers harvest the entire crop for the use of his army.  After the corn was gathered, they turned their horses in on the fields for any remaining grain and fodder.  After the men and animals were well rested, they pushed forward to the next battle line, carrying all of the plunder with them.

 

Louise Richardson Goins wrote:

 

“Grandpa said nearly all of their food was devoured, crops destroyed, animals taken and their wells were pumped dry, leaving them destitute.  Grandpa's Grandpa had him hide the pigs in the woods so they would have something to eat at the Union troops had gone.  But the Yankees found the pigs and butchered all of them except one poor old sow.  Since there was nothing to feed the sow, the family butchered her as soon as the troops pulled out.

 

Since the Union soldiers took their salt supply, Grandpa and his grandmother tore the floor out of the smokehouse and shoveled up the dirt underneath.  Some salt had collected there from the curing process.  They sifted out the salt content and purified it by boiling the brine solution.

 

As a young boy, Grandpa had learned to play the fiddle and it was one his most prized possessions.  The night before the Union troops pulled out, they asked him to play for them.  He obliged them, and at the end of the evening hung up his fiddle and the bow. 

 

The next morning when he got out of bed, he discovered that not only were the Yankees gone, but his beloved fiddle as well.  Grandpa dashed after the troops, found the thief who took his fiddle and demanded it back.  The soldier refused to give up his plunder, and Grandpa went to the company com­mander who ordered the fiddle returned to the boy.  The fiddle is still a treasured possession in the family and is now owned by my brother, David Goins of Paragould.

 

About 1870 he removed to Martinsville, Illinois in Clark County.  He was married there October 20, 1878 to Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty, daughter of Parmenas Lafferty and Mary Jane McClure Lafferty.  She was born in Clark County August 13, 1852. 

 

Louise Goins Richardson wrote:

 

"My grandpa was a good fiddle player and was hired by the Laffertys to play at Lydia's party to announce her en-gagement to another young man there.  However, when grandpa saw her, he fell in love with her and knew that he couldn't let her marry the other man who was financially well off, and Grandpa was broke at the time.  It was love at first sight for both of them.  He started making plans to marry her.  I recall how he used to say, 'I wooed her, and I won her.'"

 

They lived in adjoining Coles County in 1880-81-82, and in 1883 were back in Clark County.  In 1884 they removed to Beech Grove, Arkansas in Greene County.  They travel-led in three covered wagons, taking three weeks to make the trip.  Upon arrival in Greene County, they purchased 40 acres of land in Section 3, Township 16, Range 3.

 

While living in Illinois, three of their children were born to the couple.  Ross Coe, the oldest, was born in 1879.  He was named for his grandfather whose nickname was 'Ros-coe.'  I have an old letter to Grandpa and Grandma from Great Grandpa in 1881 and postmarked Spring Place, Georgia.  It was in reply to a letter that he had received from my grandparents about naming their first born, Ross Coe after him.  He verified that 'Roscoe' was his nickname and that his real name was 'Oscar Claiborne.'  Charles Al-bert was born in 1881 and Lewis Edward in 1883.  There were eight other children born in Arkansas."

 

In 1895, Paragould, Arkansas became a boomtown because of the coming of the railroad and the jobs it created.  At the time Grandpa purchased a $10 butcher's license and open-ed a shop on Pruett Street.  Business was good, and he ex-tended credit to the railroad men upon request.  Credit was his undoing, according to the journal of the butcher shop, still retained by his granddaughter, Inez Clark, along with his butcher's license.  When his beef cattle were gone, so was his business. 

 

In 1897 Grandpa and Grandma homesteaded 160 acres on the 'Cache Bottoms,' swampy land that was not very de-sirable for farming.  They obtained this land under Arkan-sas' Donation Act; the land was free if they lived on the land, improved it and paid taxes on it. 

 

Grandpa set about to drain the water from the land by con­structing a series of ditches.  He hired neighbors to bring their teams and equipment to dig the laterals, and he con-tracted with dredgeboat operators to open the main chan-nels.  In time the work converted a swamp into valuable farmland.  This property remains in the Goins family to-day.

 

Grandpa had seen his grandparents suffer during the Civil War when the Yankees came through the country foraging for food.  They took everything they wanted, without com-pensation, often leaving the civilians in destitute circum-stances.  Consequently Grandpa was always sympathetic with people in need and was very generous in helping them.

 

Once Grandpa noticed that corn was disappearing from his bins.  Since he had lots of experience at trapping animals, he decided one night to set a trap for the thief.  Later that night he heard the trap spring, however he decided to leave the "ani-mal" in the trap until daylight.  The next morning, sure enough, he had caught the thief, but instead of scolding or prosecuting him, he had the fellow come in and have breakfast with him.  Grandpa never had trouble with corn missing again.

 

This story was told many times by members of our family, but nobody ever knew who the thief was.  Neither Grandpa or Grandma would ever reveal his identity.

 

In addition to farming, our grandparents had a number of oc-cupations and endeavors.  Grandpa made the best knives to use in the kitchen and around the farm.  He also made Grandma's crochet hooks with bones.

 

He owned a large sawmill where they cut and sold lumber and timber.  Neighbors frequently came to his woodwork-ing shop to request a casket be made for a funeral.  Grand-pa would heat the wood so that it would bend to form the contour of the casket.  Grandma, with the help of Aunt Roxie Schamb, would line the casket with satin for the adults and white flannelette for children.  Grandpa or Unc-le Dee Morrow would build a pine box for the casket.

 

Grandpa was an excellent woodcarver.  Once he carved his own portrait on a beech tree in the woods with the aid of a mirror.  My brother, David Goins was squirrel hunting re-cently and came up on the portrait.  Grandpa had signed it when he finished--just like an artist.  The tree and the por-trait are still there, in a secluded spot in the woods and in good condition.

 

A number of men were always employed by Grandpa working at the sawmill, on the farm or opening ditches.  In 1912 he purchased a thresher which he took all over the country threshing wheat for the farmers.  It took a big crew of men to operate this business.

 

Additionally Grandpa had a blacksmith shop and was a good farrier.  He was a good metal worker and taught his son how to shoe horses.  He built farm implements and in 1892 received Patent No. 479,269 for corn-planting attach-ment which he invented.  In 1915 he invented a locking device for a multiple mailbox system.  His locking device must have attracted lots of attention.  In his correspondence file we found offers on it from several firms, including: Scully Pattern & Model Works of Kansas City, Missouri; American Investment Company of Washington, D.C; New World Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati, Ohio and Gerding Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati.

 

He did carpentry work and also bought and sold cattle, horses and mules.  Once he bought an expensive Red Polled bull from Kentucky.  I still have the papers on this purchase. 

 

Perhaps the most memorable enterprise that I remember during my early years living on a farm adjoining them was the large orchard which contained many kinds of fruit and pecan trees, strawberries and Concord grape vines.  The orchard was also home to 150 honeybee stands.  It was amazing to our how Grandpa could work around the bees, extracting honey and beeswax for sale in town, without getting stung by them.

 

In 1920, Grandpa and several neighbors bought carbide lighting systems from a traveling salesman who came through Greene County.  There was a pipe to carry the carbide gas to each room in the house with a valve in each room to control the flame.  Carbide was fairly inexpensive, and the neighbors were envious of those who could afford to install the system.  After all the initial systems were installed, the supplier raised the price of carbide so high that hardly anyone could afford it.

 

Rural telephones came about the same time.  For as long as I can remember, our family had a telephone.  It ran off bat-teries, and we had connections to my grandmother's house and to Aunt Pearl Morrow's house.

 

When electricity came to the area, the carbide gas pipes were removed and replaced with electrical wiring.  I recall that our home was one of the first in the area to receive electricity.

 

Gypsies came through our area and people were suspicious of them.  We kept an eye on our chickenhouses when they were around.  They always had a group of bad horses to trade to peo­ple who did not know horseflesh.  On trading day, they would feed their poor horses lots of salt so they drink a lot of water and looked fat and sleek.  Grandpa knew all of the tricks of the trade, however and he always looked at their teeth to determine their condition.  He could tell exactly how old a horse was by checking his teeth.

 

My grandparents were baptized into the Church of Christ August 24, 1915 at Evening Shade, Arkansas.  He was 62 at that time.  Their daughter, Pearl Goins had been baptized two days earlier in the revival meeting.  The family took a very active part in the church.

 

Grandma's diary recorded that on October 15, 1915, Grandpa cut and hauled lumber to Commissary, Arkansas where he began to build a new church building.  He served as the church treasurer after the congregation was organized.  They remained faithful members of the church until their deaths, setting a good example for their des-cendants.

 

Following a stroke, my grandparents moved to Paragould along with their daughter Mary Goins who was a registered nurse at Dixon Memorial Hospital.  Grandma died there April 10, 1947 and was buried in the Morrow Cemetery which was located on a him overlooking the farm where she and Grandpa had spent so many happy years.

 

After Grandma died, Grandpa want to return to live on the farm, and his children acceded to his wishes.  In his older years, it was difficult for him to get around over the farm, but his son John Goins would take him in the car anytime he want to go for a ride.  His favorite Saturday afternoon pastime was to sit in the car parked on the Paragould square where he could visit with his friends as they walked by.

 

On a cold, icy day, December 7, 1950 Grandpa died at the age of 97 years and six months.  He was buried beside Grandma in the Morrow Cemetery

 

Mrs. Elizabeth Thorpe Rockefeller was my Grandma Goins' grandmother.  While my grandparents were visiting in Minnesota, some of the Rockefeller family came to Uncle Ross' home to gather information for the family record.  "The Transactions of the Rockefeller Family Association for 1915-1925" was published in 1926.  My grandparents met with the Rockefellers and gave them our family information which was published in their book.  Grandmother and her two sisters Ginny Lafferty Knopp and Molly Lafferty Potter were invited many times to the Rockefeller family reunions, however it was very expen-sive to travel to the reunion site by train, and they chose not to go.  We still have some of the invitations to the Rockefeller reunions today.  After John D. Rockefeller died, these annual reunions ceased."

 

William Preston Goins was mentioned in a newspaper article published May 2, 1930 in Greene County:

 

“Large Gathering of Aged People Guest of Bud Ryan

 

Bud Ryan popular owner of the Ryan Cafe, put the big pot in the little one so to speak in his royal, big entertainment of the aged people of Greene county at his well known place of business at noon today when he served his guests a sumptous chicken din-ner.  A total of 137 guests, who have attained or passed the age of 75 years, shared in his hospitality by sitting at his festal board.  The large diningroom of the cafe was filled to overflowing when the guests filed in and were seated.  Tables were ex-tended from one end of the room to the other, sym-bolical of Bud's smile which extended from ear to ear, as he gave to each of the guests the glad hand and expressions of a cordial welcome, he as happy as the happiest guest present - and all were happy.

 

Following the feast at the cafe, the aged guests were ushered to the Capitol Theater where John Collins, the manager of that poplar playhouse, entertained them in the presentation of "Paramount on Parade" a very interesting all-talking picture.

 

It was a great feast , and it was a great time, a big occasion that will stand out in the memory of the aged guests  and their host of friends , through the years to come. Each of the aged guests registered his or her name with Miss Mary Ida Ryan , giving age, date of birth and place of residence.  The reg-ister showed a total of 137 names, all of those who had either reached or passed the 75th anniversary of their birth.

 

                                    Register of the Grand Event

 

Guest                     Date Born         Age                   Etc.

 

J. H. Kitchens                 May 4, 1852      77 yrs. 11 mo.         M.D.

J. M. Bowlin                                            75          .               born in SC.

T . M. T. Brewer                   1851           79                          born in Benton Co, TN

Laurie Dennis                                          86

Walcott, Butler Blackwood                         81

Walcott, Mrs. Sorina Rogers                      78

John Jonas                                              77

T.M. Wesley                                             75

W. B. Todd                                               78

Adam Sheffield                                         86

W. A. Oden                Nov. 17, 1852          81                      born in Morgan Co. Ala

J. P. Odell                                                77                      born in Greene Co.

J. D. Breckenridge                                    76

W. M. Langton          Jan. 3, 1841             89                       born in Canada

 J. W. Walls              May 31, 1853               79                       born in Gibson

Co. West Tenn.

 W. W. Berryhil          Sept. 9, 1849               80                      Macklenburg

Co., N. Carolina

 J. Newberry             June 14, 1851            79                        Cherokee Co.,

Ala

 E. Roark

                        May 1, 1852

                                           78

                                                          born in Old

Clarksburg, Tenn.

 R. A. Evans

                        June 1, 1852

                                           77

                                                          born in Perry

Co., Tenn.

 W. F.Brewer

                        July 27, 1849

                                           80

                                                          Carrol

Co.,West Tenn.

 G. H. Brewer

                        Aug. 3, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in Carrol

Co. Tenn

 S.L. Meadows

                        Apr.8,1850

                                           80

                                                          born in

Southern Ill.

 E. M. Johkins

                        Feb. 4, 1845

                                           85

                                                          born in Weatly

Co. , Tenn

 D. B. Withrow

                        Jan. 15, 1842

                                           88

                                                          born in

Indiana

 Pressly Cothrew

                        Feb. 11, 1850

                                           80

                                                          born in

Spartanburg District,South

                                                          Carolina

 A. B. Harvey

                        Sep. 3, 1851

                                           78

                                                          born in

Carroll Co., Tenn

 G. F. Miller

                        Oct.13, 1853

                                           76

                                                          born in Giles

Co. Tenn

 J. N. Meredith

                        July 27, 1847

                                           82

                                                          Greene Co.

 C. L. Harvey

                        Mar. 1, 1847

                                           83

                                                          born in Tenn.

 "Uncle" Jake Lambert

                        Feb 22, 1847

                                           77

                                                          born in Tenn

 M. E. Winn

                        Nov 10,1845

                                           84

                                                          born in

Craighead Co.

 W. D. Hester

                        Sept 12, 1849

                                           80

                                                          born in

N.Carolina

 J.D. Norton

                        July 18,1850

                                           79

                                                          born in

Georgia came here in 1865

 K.W. Nesmith

                        Feb 6, 1847

                                           83

                                                          born in

Lawrence Co. Ala

 J.C. Toler

                        Oct 10,1850

                                           79

                                                          born in Ill

 L.B. Rogers

                        Mar 12,1847

                                           83

                                                          born in Ky

 Mrs. Evelyn Dunaway

                        Oct 1853

                                           

                                                          born in Obion

Co. Tenn

 Z.T. Fletcher

                        Oct 18, 1848

                                           81

                                                          born in Gibson

Co. Tenn been here since

                                                          1866

 Lawrence Newberry

                        June 18, 1853

                                           76

                                                          born in

Mississippi

 J. H. Cole

                        Nov 2, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in Tenn

 S. J. Troxel

                        July 6, 1844

                                           85

                                                          born in Terre

Haute , Indiana

 John Good

                        Sept 10, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in

Hamilton Co. , Indiana

 Mrs. Martha Carter

                        Apr 29, 1853

                                           76

                                                          born in Tenn

 Mrs.Eliza Dacus

                        Oct 18, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in

Mississippi

 J. T. Hester

                        Apr 2, 1848

                                           82

                                                          born in N.

Carolina

 John Garland

                        Sept 12, 1850

                                           79

                                                          born in Tenn

 Mrs. Mary Elizabeth

 Garland

                        Feb 14, 1851

                                           79

                                                          

 Theo. C. Schwamb

                        Nov 5, 1851

                                           78

                                                          born in Ripley

co. , Indiana

 B.F. Smith

                        Mar 14, 1855

                                           75

                                                          born in Jasper

Co. Ill

 Mrs.M.A. Robinson

                        Apr 26,1853

                                           76

                                                          born in Benton

Co.,Tenn

 I. H. Trevtharn

                        July 29, 1853

                                           76

                                                          born in W.

Tenn been here 75 yrs.

 "Aunt" Annie Tyner

                        Apr 15, 1851

                                           79

                                                          born in Benton

Co. Tenn

 John Harrison

                        Mar 4, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in Ohio

 J.J. Underwood

                        Feb 4, 1853

                                           76

                                                          born in

Indiana

 W.B. Edwards

                        June 2, 1848

                                           81

                                                          born in

Kentucky

 Mrs. Elizabeth Hyde

                        Dec 1, 1843

                                           86

                                                          born in Tenn

 Mrs. Mary Jane Hyde

                        Dec 21, 1847

                                           83

                                                          born in

N.Carolina

 Dan Meriwether

                        Dec 31, 1850

                                           79

                                                          born in

Kirksville, Mo

 H.D. Lacy

                        Sept 28,1853

                                           76

                                                          born in

Christian Co. Kentucky

 P.S. Black

                        June 21, 1852

                                           77

                                                          born in

Indiana

 G.T. Ware

                        Oct 27, 1842

                                           85

                                                          born in Wilson

Co. Tenn

 Mrs. Iola LaFont

                        June 30, 1853

                                           75

                                                          born in

Metropolis, Ill

 Mrs. Malinda Dollins

                        Dec 17, 1839

                                           90

                                                          born in Middle

Tenn Lincoln co.

 Mrs. N.S. Lawrence

                        Apr 30, 1847

                                           83

                                                          born in Ky

 Mrs. Sarah Garner

                        Mar 18, 1842

                                           88

                                                          born in Tenn

 Mrs. Mary Roe

                        July 11, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in Walker

Co. Ga.

 W.A. Overall

                        Sept 12,1854

                                           75

                                                          

 A.M. Robinson

                        Jan 30,1849

                                           81

                                                          born in Ardell

Co. N.C.

 Mrs. Lucinda Stuart

                        Oct 28, 1852

                                           77

                                                          born in

Craighead co.

 J.W. Batten

                        Apr 21, 1850

                                           80

                                                          born in Tenn

 Aaron Thompson

                        Jan 24, 1845

                                           85

                                                          born in W.Tenn

Henry Co.

 Mrs. Martha Holigan

                        Apr 15, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in Ga.

 Mrs. M. C. Murphy

                        July 17, 1841

                                           88

                                                          born in Ga.

 W.B. Montgomery

                        Jan 1, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in East

Tenn Bedford Co.

 J.W. Hart

                        July 20, 1851

                                           79

                                                          born in

England crossed Atlantic ocean to

                                                          America at age

of 6 yrs old

 T.R. Walker

                        Dec 13,1850

                                           79

                                                          born in Gibson

Co. Tenn

 G.W. Gibson

                        Sept 23,1840

                                           89

                                                          born in Henry

Co. Tenn

 Mrs. M. J. Dodson

                        Mar 17,1854

                                           75

                                                          born in Miss

 J.M. Lytle

                        Jan 5, 1847

                                           84

                                                          born in N.C.

 B.F. Justice

                        Mar 26, 1855

                                           75

                                                          born in

St.Francis Co,Mo.

 A.J. Bishop

                        Dec 25,1839

                                           90

                                                          born in Bibb

Co. Ala

 G.P. Panel

                        Oct 6, 1851

                                           80

                                                          born in Ala

 Mrs. Emma Vanover

                        Jan 18,1854

                                           76

                                                          born in Ky

 H.S. Trice

                        Nov 9, 1851

                                           76

                                                          born in

Craighead Co. Ar

 Mrs. Rosa Worthan

                        Mar

                                           75

                                                          born in

Indiana

 W.E. Bush

                        Feb 2,1855

                                           75

                                                          born in W.

Tenn near Paris been here

                                                          twenty yrs.

 W.P. Goins

                        May 11,1853

                                           76

                                                          born in E.Tenn

 R.W. Rogers

                        Sept 5,1852

                                           77

                                                          born in Graves

Co. Ky. been here 40 yrs

 Mrs. Susan Hunter

                        Feb 14,1853

                                           75

                                                          born in Middle

Tenn , Gallerton

 S.N. Felty

                        May 4, 1854

                                           76

                                                          born in White

Co. Ill

 Mrs. Fannie S. Hammond

                        Jan 27, 1852

                                           78

                                                          born in Ill

 A.A. McKinney

                        Feb 22,1851

                                           79

                                                          born in Ind.

 "Granny" Harris

                        July 23, 1850

                                           79

                                                          born in Ky

 H.L. Tripod

                        Mar 29,1853

                                           77

                                                          born in

Higland, Ill

 Henry Fesler

                        Aug 4,1850

                                           79

                                                          born in Ill

 Mrs.Mildred Murdock

                        Jan 22, 1853

                                           75

                                                          born in Tenn

 W.R. Bennett

                        July 23, 1847

                                           82

                                                          born in Fulton

Co. Ky

 Mrs. A. Turley

                        Sept 9,1853

                                           75

                                                          born in

St.Francis Co. Mo

 H.M. Williford

                        Feb 28,1856

                                           76

                                                          born in Tenn

 W.B. Morgan

                        Sept 2,1852

                                           79

                                                          born in Miss

 J.O. Nash

                        Nov 23, 1840

                                           89

                                                          born in Penn

 "Uncle " Bill McDonald

                        Feb 19, 1850

                                           80

                                                          born in Ga.

 V.F. Norton

                        Aug 30,1854

                                           75

                                                          born in Tenn

 M.R. Coffman

                        Dec 4,1840

                                           89

                                                          

 G.W. Lloyd

                        Oct 9,1852

                                           80

                                                          born in Ark

 Mrs. G.W. Lloyd

                        Mar 12,1853

                                           77

                                                          born in Tenn

 D.L. Ligon

                        July 7,1847

                                           82

                                                          born in Tenn

 J.L. Raines

                        July 26,1848

                                           81

                                                          born in Henry

Co. Tenn

 Mrs. V.A. Wadley

                        Jan 10,1854

                                           76

                                                          born in

Fayette Co. Miss

 J.R. Elkins

                        Aug.4,1852

                                           77

                                                          born in Summer

Co. Tenn

 L.F. Kenney

                        May 23,1849

                                           80

                                                          born in Mo.

 P.G. Ellington

                        June 11,1854

                                           76

                                                          born in W.Tenn

 M.C. Stevenson

                        July 26,1853

                                           76

                                                          born in

S.Carolina

 Mrs. Virginia Thompson

                        1846

                                           83

                                                          born in

St.Francis Co.

 J.Hotchkiss

                        Apr 21,1849

                                           81

                                                          born in

Independence co. Ar

 J.V. Landrum

                        Aug 18,1853

                                           76

                                                          born in

Weekley co.Tenn

 A.B. Hays

                        Jan 22, 1842

                                           89

                                                          born in

Hickman Co. Ky

 Mrs. W.J. McDonald

                        Apr 1854

                                           76

                                                          born in Tenn

 Joe A. White

                        Dec 7, 1854

                                           81

                                                          born in W.

Miss  G.H. Walker                         June 4, 1848

                                           81

                                                          born in Ala

 J.W. Stalcup

                        Sept 15,1852

                                           76

                                                          born in

Weakley Co. Tenn

 G.N. Wadley

                        Dec 8,1854

                                           75

                                                          born in middle

Tenn

 G.J. Pierce

                        Feb 5,1853

                                           77

                                                          born in

Logansville Clinton Co. Pa

 W.C. Swain

                        Jan 14,1852

                                           78

                                                          born in

Russelville , Ky

 S.E. Batey

                        Aug 8,1852

                                           77

                                                          born in North

Ga.

 W.H. May

                        July 21,1850

                                           79

                                                          born in Va.

 Mrs. Katie Higgins

                        Jan 3,1852

78

born in Miss

 A.Martin

                        Sept 5, 1854

                                           75

                                                          born in

Germany

 George Zollner

                        Dec 2, 1853

                                           77

                                                          born in

Germany

 Mrs. Mary Jane Worsham

                        June 10, 1853

                                           76

                                                          born in Ala

 

Mrs. C.A. Dover Oct 29,1855                75                born in Benton Co. Tenn

F.M. Barnett                   Oct 12,1847                82                born in Ill

 

 

 

Eleven children were born to William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins:

 

          Ross Coe Goins                                     born in 1879

          Albert Goins                                           born in 1881

          Lewis Earsalee Goins                             born in 1883

          Mary Irene Goins                                    born in 1886

          Jimmie Goins                                          born in 1889

          Edna Alice Goins                                    born in 1890

          George Chester Goins                             born in 1891

          Jessie Attee Goins                                   born in 1894

          Alma Pearl Goins                                    born in 1898

          William Joe Goins                                   born in 1900

          John Leon Goins                                     born December 6, 1902

 

Ross Coe Goins, son of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in 1879 in Clark County, Illinois.  He did not live with his parents after they moved to the Donation Grant.  He had contracted the “chills” [now called malaria] which was caused by mosquito bites.  The doctor advised Uncle Ross that if he wanted to maintain his health, he would have to move away from the swamps, so he went to Martinsville, Illinois and lived with his Grandmother Mary Jane Lafferty.  Later he removed to International Falls, Minnesota where he married Suave Reuter, raised a family and died.

 

Through the years, Uncle Ross kept in close touch with his parents, writing many letters to them.  His mother kept every letter, and they were passed down to Aunt Pearl Morrow.  At her death, the box of letters were found in her attic.

 

Albert Goins, son of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in 1881 in Clark County.

 

Lewis Earsalee Goins, son of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in Clark County in 1883.

 

Mary Irene Goins, daughter of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in Greene County, Arkansas in 1886.

 

Jimmie Goins, son of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in 1889 in Greene County.

 

Edna Alice Goins, daughter of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in Greene County in 1890.

 

George Chester Goins, son of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in Greene County in 1891.  He attended school in Walcott, Arkansas, riding "Old Gray."  After graduation at Walcott, he enrolled in an electrical engineering correspondence course.  He was married about 1914, wife's name unknown.  He died of a ruptured appendix December 8, 1916, leaving his widow and a small baby, name unknown.

 

Jessie Attee Goins, son of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in Greene County in 1894.

 

Alma Pearl Goins, daughter of William Preston Goins and Ly­dia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in 1898 in Greene County.

 

William Joe Goins, son of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in Greene County in 1900.

 

John Leon Goins, son of William Preston Goins and Lydia Elizabeth Lafferty Goins, was born in Greene County Decem­ber 2, 1902.  He was married there about 1925 to Cora C. Smith, daughter of Logan H. Roots Smith and Mary Alice Burkeen Smith.  Cora C. Smith Goins died November 18, 1994.

 

Children born to John Leon Goins and Cora C. Smith Goins include:

 

          Louise Goins                                   born January 11, 1935

 

Louise Goins, daughter of John Leon Goins and Cora C. Smith Goins, was born in Greene County January 11, 1935.  She was married August 24, 1949 to William F. Richardson.  Following a divorce, she lived in Paragould, Arkansas in 1993.  She a member of Gowen Research Foundation's Editorial Board, was active in the research of her family history and contributed much of the material for this section of the manuscript.

 

Sarah Jane Goins, daughter of Nancy Goins, was born in Grainger County about 1831.  Her parents brought her to Hamilton County about 1833.  She was enumerated as a 20-year-old in the 1850 census of Hamilton County.

 

She was married shortly afterward to James K. Connell.  They and their two children were enumerated in the 1860 census of Hamilton County.  In 1895 they lived in Birmingham, Al­abama, according to "Memoirs of Georgia."

 

Pleasant Goins, son of Nancy Bibee Goins, was born about 1833 in Hamilton County.  He appeared there in the 1850 cen­sus as a 16-year-old.  He was deceased by 1895, according to "Memoirs of Georgia."

 

William A[ttle?] Goins, son of Nancy Bibee Goins, was born about 1835 in Hamilton County.  He was enumerated there as a 14-year-old in the 1850 census. 

 

"William A. Goins" was taken prisoner May 3, 1863 near Grand Gulf, in the Vicksburg campaign, according his prisoner of war record.  He was transported upriver to a prisoner-of-war camp at Alton, Illinois.  Hospital records there show that he was hospitalized for pneumonia December 24 and was discharged December 30.  He died of chronic diarrhea July 2, 1864.  He was buried there.

 

It was noted in his record jacket that "Prisoner states that he was conscripted and objects to being exchanged; desires to take the Oath of Allegiance without reservation or evasion."  It was also noted, "Prisoner sent to City Point for exchange June 12, 1863."

 

Oscar Claiborne "Roscoe" Goins appeared in Hamilton County Court June 3, 1867 and "suggested the death" of William A. Goins and was made administrator of his estate.

 

Anderson Goen, Charles Goen, Dotson Goen, John Goen and William A. Goins believed to be Hamilton County men all served in the Forty-Third Tennessee Infantry Regiment, ac­cording to "Tennessee Soldiers in the Civil War."  All served in C Company except Charles Goen who served in K Company.

 

Louise Goins Richardson wrote, "I went to the Confederate Cemetery in Alton, Illinois.  There are no individual markers for the 1,346 Confederate soldiers who died in one year there.  However, there is a huge monument with all of the names of the soldiers who died there embossed in bronze.  William A. Goins, Company C, 43rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment ap­pears on it."

 

George Goins, son of Nancy Bibee Goins, was born about 1838 in Hamilton County.  He was recorded there as an 11-year-old in the 1850 census.  He died prior to 1895, according to "Memoirs of Georgia." 

                                     ==O==

Caleb Goan headed a "free colored" household of six individu­als in the 1810 census of Grainger County.  "Caleb Gowin" was recorded as "one poll" in Capt. John Bull's Company in the 1810 tax list of Grainger County.

                                             ==O==

Claibourn Goan was enumerated in the 1810 census of Grainger County as the head of a household of eight free col­ored.  "Claibourne Goan" was assessed taxes in 1810 one 100 acres at 12.5 cents and one poll at 12.5 cents.

 

"Claborn Goins" was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Grainger County, Household 154-20:

 

          "Goins,               Claborn                                    76, born in Virginia

                                       Dolly                                       35, born in Tennessee

                                       Levi                                         16

                                       Perry                                        13

                                       Polly                                        13

                                       John                                          9

                                       Nancy                                        7

                                       Roscoe D.                                 6

                                       Susan                                        4"

                                             ==O==

A household headed by James Goan enumerated in the 1810 census of Grainger County was composed of three "free col­ored and one "white female 16-26."  James Goan paid 12.5 tax on one poll, according to the 1810 tax list.

                                             ==O==

John Goan headed a "free colored" household composed of nine individuals, according to the 1810 census of Grainger County.  He was assessed taxes on 90 acres in the 1810 tax list.

                                             ==O==

"Shaderick Goan" was recorded in November 1809 for the 1810 tax list as "1 poll."  William Goan was recorded in a consecu­tive entry as "1 white poll."

 

Shadrach Goan, "free colored" with five members in his house­hold was enumerated in the 1810 census of Grainger County in a cluster of "free colored" households headed by Martha Ivy, James Reynolds, Sarah Mournin, Elizabeth Den­son, Gooden Scott, Dennis Scott and Jesse Scott.

                                             ==O==

Caleb Goin was married June 10, 1820 to Polly Dunkin, ac­cording to Grainger County marriage records.  Claiborne Goin was the bondsman.  Children born to Caleb Goin and Polly Dunkin are unknown.

                                             ==O==

In 1810 Daniel Goin paid tax on 338 acres and "one white poll" in Capt. Thomas Sharp's Company.

 

Daniel Goin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1810 census of Grainger County:

 

          "Goin, Daniel                                   white male                    26-45

                                                                   white female                  26-45

                                                                   white female                  10-16

                                                                   white female                  10-16

                                                                   white male                       0-10

                                                                   white male                       0-10

                                                                   white male                        0-10

                                                                   white male                        0-10

                                                                   white female                    0-10"

 

Daniel Goin owned one slave in 1810.  "Daniel Goins" re­ceived a land grant No. 16468 in Grainger County July 13, 1830.

                                             ==O==

Levi Goin was born in 1795 in North Carolina.  He was mar­ried about 1816, wife's name unknown, probably in North Carolina.  He was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Grainger County:

 

          "Goin,        Levi                                         55, born in North Carolina

                             Esther A.                                 28, born in North Carolina

                             William J. M.                          15

                             Falany P.                                 12

                             Levi M.                                    10

                             Manervy A.                                7

                             Lunda M.                                   5"

 

Levi Goin, Jr, was born between 1800 and 1810, probably in Claiborne County.  He was married between 1820 and 1825.

 

His household was enumerated in the 1830 census of Clai­borne County adjoining the household of "Levi Goin, Sr, page 131."  It is not believed that "Levi Goin, Jr." was a son of Levi Goin, Sr." because Levi Goin, Sr. would only be 15 years at that time.  It is possible that the Jr. and Sr. were assigned by the census taker merely to distinguish between the two.

 

The household of Levi Goin, Jr. appeared in the 1830 census as:

 

          "Levi Goin, Jr.                        white male                     20-30

                                                          white female                  20-30

                                                          white female                   5-10

                                                          white male                       0-5"

 

The household of Levi Goin, Jr. reappeared in the 1840 census of Claiborne County, page 216, still nearby to the residence of Levi Goin, Sr. as:

 

          "Levi Goin, Jr.                        white male                     20-30

                                                          white female                   30-40

                                                          white female                   10-15

                                                          white male                       5-10

                                                          white female                    5-10

                                                          white male                       0-5

                                                          white male                       0-5"

                                             ==O==

Uriah Goin appeared in the 1840 census of Claiborne County, still adjoining his brother, Levi Goin.  He family appeared as:

 

          "Goin, Uriah                white male                                         40-50

                                                white female                                     40-50

                                                white female                                     15-20

                                                white female                                       5-10"

                                             ==O==

Baylis E. Goines was born in Tennessee in 1810.  He was married about 1830, wife's name Rhoda.  She was born in North Carolina in 1812.

 

The household of Baylis E. Goines was enumerated as House­hold 783-810, Civil District 8, Grainger County in the 1850 census:

 

          "Goines,              Baylis E.                40, born in Tennessee, farmer,

                                                                             $800 real estate

                                       Rhoda                     38, born in North Carolina,

                                                                              illiterate

                                       Martha S.               19, born in Tennessee

                                       Nancy                     16, born in Tennessee

                                       James M.                14, born in Tennessee

                                       Mary E.                     9, born in Tennessee

                                       William                     8, born in Tennessee

                                       Rhoda                       4, born in Tennessee

                                       Samuel S.                  2, born in Tennessee"

          "Goines,               Prior A.                  22, born in Tennessee"

                                             ==O==

Anny Goins was named as head of a household in the 1900 Grainger County, Enumeration District 26, page 2:

 

          "Goins,                 Anny              67, born in NC, February 1833

                                       Thomas          28, born in TN, February 1872, son

                                       John               11, born in TN, Apr. 1889, grandson"

                                             ==O==

David Goins was married March 8, 1820 to Nancy Dunkin, ac­cording to Grainger County marriage records.  William McGill was their bondsman.  Children born to David Goins and Nancy Dunkin Goins are unknown.

                                               ==O==

Davis Goins was enumerated as the head of Household 936-126 the 1850 census of Grainger County:

 

          "Goins,                Davis                             70, born in Tennessee

                                       Jane                               43, born in Tennessee

                                       Calvin                           16,

                                       Alsy E.                            7,

                                       David                              6,

                                       Juliat A.C.                      5

                                       Abner B. F.                     2

                                       Lucy A.                       5/12

          Dyer,                    Eliza                              22"

                                             ==O==

Drury Goins was married August 23, 1817 to Mary Goin, ac­cording to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850."  Edward Riggs was their bondsman.  Drury Goins ap­peared as the head of a household in the 1830 and 1840 census returns of Grainger County.  Children born to Drury Goins and Mary Goin Goins are unknown.

                                               ==O==

Gabriel Goins was born in Virginia in 1810.  He was married about 1840, wife's name, Betsy, she was born in Virginia in 1816.  The household of Gabriel Goins, an illiterate laborer was enumerated as No. 186-190, Civil District 2, in the census of the 1850 of Grainger County:

 

          "Goins,                Gabriel                  40, born in VA, laborer, illiterate

                                       Betsy                     34, born in Virginia

                                       Mahaly E.              12, born in Tennessee

                                       Andrew                 10, born in Tennessee

                                       William R.              8, born in Tennessee"

                                             ==O==

Granville Goins was born in Grainger County about 1810, ac­cording to the affidavit of Matilda Goins of Dayton, Tennessee in the Court of Claims June 24, 1908.  He was married about 1833, wife's name Mary "Polly."  By 1837 they were located in Hamilton County, Tennessee

 

Granville Goins was enumerated as the head of a household No. 1339 in the 1850 census of Hamilton County.  The family was recorded October 21, 1850 as:

 

          "Goins,                Granvill      40, farmer, born in Tennessee

                                       Mary           33, born in Tennessee

                                       Mahaley      18, born in Tennessee

                                       Rachel        14, born in Tennessee

                                       Noah           12, born in Tennessee

                                       Roland        10, born in Tennessee

                                       Dopson         8, born in Tennessee

                                       James            6, born in Tennessee

                                       Nancy            4, born in Tennessee

                                       William        8/12, born in Tennessee"

 

Adjoining the household of Granville Goins was that of Nancy Goins.  The household, No. 1340, was recorded on Page 925 as:

 

          "Goins,                 Nancy        45, born in Tennessee

                                       Elizabeth   29, born in Tennessee

                                       Fanney      10, born in Tennessee"

 

"Granville and Polly Goins" were mentioned in an affidavit signed in 1908 by J. P. Talley of Chattanooga, according to "Cherokee by Blood: Records of Eastern Cherokee Ances­try in the U. S. Court of Claims, 1906-1910" by Jerry Wright Jordon.

 

"[I affirm] that I am 80 years of age and lived in James County, Tennessee.  I was just partially acquainted with Mary Jane Irwin and know W. V. Goins quite well.  May Jane Irwin is the second cousin of W. V. Goins.  I knew Polly and Granville Goins.  They lived in Hamil­ton County, but I think they were born in upper East Tennessee, probably Grainger County.  Alfred and Halie, I think, were born in Hamilton County.  Alfred, I think, was most too young to live with the Indians.  They lived around where there were Indians, in the same neighborhood and country, and whether they ever took a part in the tribal councils as recognized Indians, I don't know.  Polly and Granville Goins were a little older than myself.  They have been dead about 12 or 15 years.  They were never on any Indian rolls that I know of.  They were always called Indians, Cherokees.  I was ac­quainted with Nathan and Marila Goins.  They lived in Hamilton County, but I think they were born some­where else.  The parents and grandparents of W. V. Goins were recognized as having Cherokee Indian blood in them.  Don't know that they were on any rolls.  It's been 50-odd years ago since I first got acquainted with them, and ever since I knew them, they have lived in Hamilton County.  I know of nothing further to give in aid of ei­ther of said claims.

 

                        J. P. Talley

                        Chattanooga, Tenn, June 18, 1908"

 

At the same time W. T. Irwin of Chattanooga, former husband of Mary Jane Goins Irwin who died in 1897, made an affidavit about the family:

 

"I affirm that I live in Marion County, Tennessee.  I am 49 years of age.  I make claim for my children.  My first wife has been dead 11 years.  She was about 30 or 32 when she died.  Her parents names were Alfred and Halie Goins.  She claims Indian descent on her father's and mother's side.  Her grandparents on her mother's side were Granville and Polly Goins.  On her father's side they were Thomas and Betsy Goins.  They come by the same name because they were probably related.  She was always recognized as an Indian in the commu­nity in which she lived.  Her parents and grandparents lived in what is now James County [?].  Her grandpar­ents origi­nated from Grainger County.  She claimed to be a full blood Cherokee.  Her grandparents lived in Hamilton County in 1835.  She had only two brothers, those men­tioned in the application.  The children of Granville and Polly Goins are Halie, Jim, Dodson or Dotson and Nancy.  I have heard that my wife's parents and grand­parents were on some roll, but I don't know what roll.  I have nothing further to add to what I have already said.

 

                                                                   W. T. Irwin

                                                                   Chattanooga, Tenn, June 18, 1908"

                                               ==O==

Gutre Goins, a Virginian, was recorded as the head of a house­hold in the 1850 census of Grainger County, Household 197-26:

 

          "Goins,                Gutre                             40, born in Virginia

                                       Betsy                              31, born in Virginia

                                       Mahaly E.                      12

                                       Andrew                         10

                                       William K.                     8"

                                             ==O==

James Goins was born in  Tennessee in 1821.  He was mar­ried in 1850, wife's name Myra I.  She was born in Tennessee in 1832.  He was a tailor and illiterate.  They had no children.

                                             ==O==

James Goins appeared as the head of a household in the census of 1840:

 

          Goins, James                                   white male                     20-30

                                                                   white female                  20-30

                                             ==O==

John Goins was enumerated as the head of Household 152-20 in the 1850 census of Grainger County:

 

          "Goins,                 John                             30, born in Tennessee

                                       Martha F.                     22, born in Tennessee

                                       George W. A.                 4    

                                       Joseph                            1"

 

Robert C. Goins, was born in Tennessee in 1812.  He was mar­ried about 1835 wife's name Sele.  The household of Robert C. Goins, No. 727-758, was enumerated in the 1850 census of Grainger County, Civil District 10:

 

          "Goins,                 Robert C.            38, born in Tennessee, farmer

                                       Sele                      26, born in Tennessee,

                                                                          illiterate

                                       Thomas E.           14, born in Tennessee

                                       Rhode I.               13, born in Tennessee

                                       Robert K.            10, born in Tennessee

                                       Sarah E.                7, born in Tennessee

                                       Richard H.            6, born in Tennessee

                                       Susan                    4, born in Tennessee"

                                             ==O==

Sally Goins was shown as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Grainger County, 10th Civil District, Household No. 1317-1374.  She was born in North Carolina in 1816.  The 95-year old Sally Goins was possibly her mother-in-law.  The household was enumerated as:

 

          "Goins,                 Sally                     34, born in North Carolina

                                       Henry                    18, born in Tennessee

                                       Jane                      12, born in Tennessee

                                       James                      7, born in Tennessee

          Goins,                 Sally                       95, born in North Carolina,

                                                                            illiterate"

                                             ==O==

Samuel C. Goins was enumerated as the head of Household 893-120 in the 1850 census of Grainger County:

 

          "Goins,       Samuel C.                         42, born in Tennessee

                             Mahala                               29, born in Tennessee

                             William P.                            5

                             Mary E.                                4

                             Joseph N.                              2"

                                             ==O==

Sarah Goins was born in Tennessee in 1820.  She appeared in the 1850 census of Grainger County, as the head of Household No. 1103-1151, Civil District 10:

 

          "Goins,             Sarah                                    30, born in TN,                                                                                                                                                illiterate

                                       Nelson [Wilson?]            10, born in TN"

          Mansfield,           John                                         40

          Camper                Martha                                   30"

                                             ==O==

Thomas Goins was born in North Carolina in 1796.  He moved to Tennessee about 1840.  He appeared as the head of household No. 1300-1357, Civil District 11, Grainger County, in the 1850 census as:

 

          "Goins,               Thomas                54, born in NC, farmer, $150

                                       real estate

                                       Catherine            55, born in NC, illiterate

                                       Henry                  13, born in NC

                                       George W.          10, born in NC

                                       John G. W.           9, born in TN"

 

Thomas Goins, received Land Grant No. 25208 in Grainger County September 20, 1844.  "Thomas Goans" received from the State of Tennessee Land Grant No. 30327 in Grainger County December 20, 1859.

 

Children born to Thomas Goins and Catherine Goins include:

 

          George W. Goins                                             born in 1834

          Henry Goins                                                     born about 1836

          John G. W. Goins                                            born about 1841

 

George W. Goins, suggested as a son of Thomas Goins and Catherine Goins was born in 1834 in North Carolina according to his Confederate pension application.  He was brought to Grainger County about 1840.  In 1907 he stated that he had lived in Tennessee for 67 years.

 

George W. Goins, "colored" of Idol, Tennessee in Grainger County, stated on his Confederate pension application dated January 14, 1907 that he was born in North Carolina in 1834. 

 

In reply to a pension board questionnaire dated January 14, 1907, he stated, "I enlisted in Company D, Twenty-sixth Infantry Regiment, CSA  under Capt. William McConnal and Col. Leland.  I was not in any battle.  I was left to guard the wagon train.  I was at the Ft. Donelson fight, but did not engage in the fight; I was with the wagons."

 

He stated that the nature of his wound was "head diseased."  No doctor treated him, but "Les Talines waited on me.

 

When asked to explain how he got out of the army, he ex­plained, "I was left at Cumberland City with the sick and while there, my command was captured.  The sick was sent to Knoxville and Morristown, and I  ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- home and reenlisted under Capt. L. J. Jennings in Grainger County, Tennessee and he furloughed me to my house, and I have since lost my furlough."

 

He stated that he had lived in Tennessee for 67 years, that he had a wife and two sons, ages 38 and 35 living with him.  He did a "little farming" on 50 acres of land he owned which he valued at $100 to $200.  He owned "about $20" worth of personal property.  He claimed that he was no longer able to work and that his sons could not support him.

 

Grainger County marriage records show that G. W. Goins was  married to Jane Goins March 6, 1863 by L. H. Lowe, minister of the gospel.

 

Dr. J. H. Campbell attached an affidavit stating that the appli­cant had "disabilities from disease of liver, kidneys and gastri­tis of the stomach and in a bad state of health, unable to per­form manual labor."

 

Capt. L. J. Jennings of Greenville County, South Carolina sub­mitted an notarized affidavit September 10, 1906 stating, "I was captain of Company D, Twelfth Battalion, Tennessee Cav­alry  in the Confederate Army and George Goins was a mem­ber of my company."

 

In April George W. Goins wrote the following letter to the pen­sion board:

 

                                                                  April 22, 1907

Mr. F. A. Moses

Nashville, Tennessee

 

Dear Sir:  I am in receipt of your letter of inquiry.  I was in Company C, 12th Tennessee Battalion and was fur­lough home in July 1862 on account of sickness to re­main until called for the army dispersed, and I was not called for which left me at home and remained there.  I am an invalid and have never been well since.

 

                                                      G. W. Goins"

 

Six months after completing the questionnaire, George W. Goins wrote concerning his application:

 

                                                                  July 20, 1907

Mr. Frank A. Moses, S. E.

Nashville, Tennessee

 

Dear Sir: As I have not heard anything concerning my pension for some time, I desire to know whether it was allowed or whether you want more proof.  Now my po­sition in the army was to cook for 8 men which I did.  If the board is satisfied with the proof and my service in the army demands or entitles me to a pension, I would like to know as I need help.

                                                            George W. Goins"

 

On June 25, 1910 Joseph H. Goins, suggested as a kinsman of George W. Goins wrote:

 

"Mr. Frank A. Moses, S.E.

Nashville, Tennessee

 

Dear Sir:  G. W. Goins of Idol, Tenn. died the 6th of this month of a disease contracted during service in the army for which you have the proof at your option.  He leaves a widow 68 years old who is in need of help.  If you need any more proof concerning his pension on file, please notify me or her.  Someone told me that if she out lived her husband that she would get a pension.  So please write me concerning it.

 

                                                      Yours respectfully,

                                                      Jos. Goins

P. S. Her name is Jane Goins, col, Idol, Tenn.  Please notify either soon for she is very feeble.  Or you can write to R. L. Mc, Idol, Tenn. as he is a magistrat and does business of that kind."

 

Joseph H. Goins was still trying to obtain the pension in the following year:

 

                                                                  Tate, Tenn.

                                                                  July 2, 1911

Mr. F. A. Moses, S. E.

Nashville, Tenn.

 

Dear Sir:  I am deeply interested in the case of G. W. Goins, deceased, #8686 for I know that no one needs a pension any worse that his widow or is any more entitled to one than was her husband.  He was a free-born man and allowed to enlist wherever he chose.  He was with the army some time before he enlisted not know­ing any better, but finally enlisted some time before the army was disbanded.  As I have not mo­lested you any for a year, I appeal to your conscience to present her claim before the board again.  Please respond.

                                                                  Yours truly,

                                                                  J. H. Goins

P.S. His widow's name and address is Jane Goins, Idol, Tenn.

 

On July 11, 1911, Liddie Jane Goins filed a formal applica­tion for a widow's pension.  She supplied answers to a printed questionnaire.

 

She stated that she was born in Grainger County in 1838 and was married to George W. Goins by Lannie Lowe.  She men­tioned that they were the parents of seven children --all boys.  The oldest was about 50 and the youngest about 30  For prop­erty she mentioned that she had a life interest in a little moun­tainland worth about $75 and one milkcow.  She declared that a son, age 39 and a grandson, age 10 presently lived with her.

 

On June 30, 1912, Joseph H. Goins made another attempt:

 

                                                                  Tate, Tenn.

                                                                  June 30, 1912

Mr. Frank A. Moses, Spec. Exmr.

Nashville, Tenn.

 

Dear Sir:  In regard to the case of G. W. Goins, Case #8686, Col.  We as col. people of Tate Springs would like to know why the pension of G. W. Goins has not been allowed, knowing that all the proof you have asked for has been made and backed up by the best of­ficials of Grainger County.  His widow, Jane Goins is 73 years old and needs assistance.  I will ask you for the last time to consider her case.  Now this is election year, and we want to know something.  You will please present this to the board next Tuesday and write her at Idol or write me at Tate.  We do not know whether he merited a pension or not, but his comrades say he did.  I know that his widow needs a pension or some help.  So please consider this letter and let us hear from you.

                                                            Yours sincerely,

                                                                  J. H. Goins

 

On July 30, 1912, Frank A. Moses, special examiner for the Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners, wrote Capt. L. J. Jen­nings in Greenville:  

 

"Dear Sir,

 

The widow of G. W. Goins is an applicant for pension.  It is claimed that Goins was a member of your com­pany.  Our information is that at one time he was a cook for your company, but it appears that he did not remain until the close of the war.  In fact, in his own application, made in 1907 he said that Capt. Jennings furloughed him home and he remained there.  I was a Confederate soldier myself [captain] and never heard of the enlistment of a negro until the last few months of the war, when Gen. Lee advised the enlistment of ne­groes with the promise of their freedom at the end of the war.  I believe a very few enlisted within a short time before the war closed.  Please write me what you can to assist me in the consideration of this case.

 

                                                                        Frank A. Moses"

 

Lyddie Jane Goins wrote Capt. Moses a final letter:

 

                                                                        "Idol, Tenn.

                                                                        October 1, 1912

Mr. Frank A. Moses

Nashville, Tenn.

 

I have your letter of July 3, that was written to my son J. H. Goins at Tate, Tennessee in regard to my pension.  You stated that you were writing Capt. Jennings for information.  Hope you have heard from him by now, and if may husband was due a pension, I would be thankful for it, for I am 73 years old and very feeble, and if I could get it, it would be of great value to me.                             

 

Yours truly,

                                                                  Liddie J. Goins

 

On October 7, 1912 Captain Moses wrote a final letter to Lyddie Jane Goins:

 

"I have your letter of October 1.  I wrote Capt. Jen­nings in July and have his reply.  He tells me that the statements made by your husband in his application are true, but the trouble in your case is that your husband was a servant and not an enlisted soldier.

 

The Confederate States enlisted very few colored man and none until long after your husband left Capt. Jennings' command and went home.  Even if he had been enlisted, the fact that he did not stay until the close of the war would prevent us from giving a pension in this case.  I do not think that it is worth your while to expect anything in the way of a pension."

                                             ==O==

Amy Gowen was married March 11, 1846 to Isaac Shoemaker, according to "Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1850." 

                                             ==O==

James Gowen appeared as the head of a household in the 1840 census of Grainger County.  His household appeared on a farm as:

 

          "Gowen, James                      white male              40-50

                                                          white female          40-50

                                                          white male             20-30

                                                          white female          20-30

                                                          white male             15-20

                                                          white male             15-20

                                                          white male             10-15

                                                          white male               5-10

                                                          white male                5-10

                                                          white male                0-5

                                                          white male                0-5

                                                          white female          60-70"

                                             ==O==

Nancy Gowen, Jr. was eight years old when she was "bound to Joshua Hicky until she attain the age of 18" February 18, 1822, according to Grainger County Court Minute Book 5, page 3.

                                             ==O==

Caleb Gowin was recorded as "one white poll" in Capt. John Bull's Company in the 1810 tax list of Grainger County.

                                             ==O==

Albert Gowing appeared as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Grainger County, household 518-425, Civil District 5.  The family was enumerated as:

 

          "Gowing,             Albert                  23, born in TN, farmer, illiterate

                                       Nancy                  20, born in Tennessee, illiterate

                                       Deliora E.              2, born in Tennessee"

                                             ==O==

Joseph Guin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1810 census of Grainger County:

 

          "Guin, Joseph                        white male                     26-45

                                                          white female                 16-26

                                                          white male                       0-10

                                                          white female                   0-10"

 

Researcher Descendants:

 

Louise Goins Richardson, 2207 E. Lake Street, Paragould, AR, 72450

L. R. Williams, Jr, 6400 Middle Ridge Lane, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37343,

615/842-7285.

Kenny Ann Gibson Wood, 8718 S. 68th E. Avenue, Tulsa, OK, 918/481-1661

 

GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 

William Goings of Greene County applied for a soldier's pension in 1835.

                                             ==O==

Thomas Gooin, a North Carolina Revolutionary soldier re­ceived North Carolina land Warrant No. 2015 to 300 acres of land in 1787 in Greene County, according to "North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791" by Lillian Johnson Gardiner and Betty Goff Cook Cartwright.

==O==

Rebecca Gowan was married in 1847 to Bueford Graves in Greene County.  He was born in 1850 in Sullivan County, Indiana.

                                             ==O==

Joseph Gowins was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1830 census of Greene County.

 

GRUNDY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 

John C. Goin was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Grundy County, Enumeration District 35, page 35:

 

          "Goin,       John C.      45, born in TN, March 1855

                             Sheldy       50, born in TN, 1850

                             Jim            30, born in TN, 1870"

                                             ==O==

Florinda C. W. Gowan, widow of Andrew J. W. Gowan came into Grundy County Court and contested the will of her deceased husband as not being valid February 4, 1849, according to Grundy County Court Minute Book 1844-1855.  The court met to close the estate December 1, 1851.  Florinda C. W. Gowan had remarried in the interim, husband either Garrison Harrison or Miles H. Harrison.  Other heirs of Andrew J. W. Gowan mentioned in the court records include Elizabeth L. Roberts, Margaret McGown, and L. D. McGown.

 

HAMBLEN COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 

William Goan was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Hamblen County, Enumeration District 53, page 1:

 

          "Goan,                 William               72, born in TN, May 1828

                                       Mary M.               62, born in TN, December 1838

                                       Robert                  18, born in TN, January 1882"

                                             ==O==

Joseph Goin was born in Tennessee about 1850.  He appeared as the head of a household in the 1880 census of Hamblen County, Enumeration District 70, page 21, Civil District 6:

 

          "Goin,        Joseph              30, born in TN

                             L. Jane              23, born in TN

                             Leonidas             3, born in TN

                             M. Rosella         1, born in TN"

 

The family reappeared in the 1900 census of Hamblen County, 10th Civil District, Enumeration District 61, page 3:

 

          "Goin,                  Josiah        53, born in TN, May 1847

                                       Jennie        47, born in TN, January 1853

                                       Leonidas    22, born in TN, July 1877

                                       Florence    14, born in TN, August 1885

                                       Nora           19, born in TN, March 1881

                                       Bertha           7, born in TN, April 1893

                                       Frank            2, born in TN, June 1898, son

                                       Audley          2, born in TN, June 1898, son   

==O==

Comadore Goine died in 1910 in Hamblen County according to “Tennessee Deaths,” Record No. 32637.

                                             ==O==

Several members of the Goins family were buried in the Emma Jarnagin Cemetery located in Morristown, Tennessee.  Interred there were:

 

          Grace Goins                                    1901-1973

          Laura Quillen Goins                       1877-1954

          Logan M. Goins                              1904-1971

          Cornie M. Goins                            1899-December 17, 1987

 

End of Hamblen County, Tennessee


 

HAMILTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 

Hamilton County was created in 1819 with land taken from Rhea County.  Rhea County was created in 1807 with land taken from Roane County.  Roane County was created in 1801 with land taken from Knox and Blount Counties.

                                             ==O==

Free Colored Families enumerated in the 1840 census of Hamilton County included households headed by:

 

          Caston Gowin                             53011-10101

       G. Gowin                                    0011-1211

       George Gowin                            4101-001

          John Gowin                                  301-221

          P. Gowin                                      0111-101

          Sanford Gowin                               011-101

          Thomas Gowin                               201-001

          William Gowin                          1101-0001

                                             ==O==

The obituary of Frank B. Goan, 67, a guard for Chattanooga Glass Company was published in February 1954 in the “Chattanooga Times.”

                                             ==O==

B. E. Goins was arrested for “driving while drunk,” according to the October 18, 1940 edition of “The Chattanooga Times.”

                                             ==O==

B. W. Goins and Leila Williams were arrested for “public profanity,” according to the October 18, 1940 edition of “The Chattanooga Times.”

                                             ==O==

Cassandra “Cassie” Goins was born in Hamilton County in August 1862 of parents unknown.  She was married about 1895 to William Charles Austin who was born April 18, 1872 in Baxter County, Arkansas to Robert Austin and Nancy M. Hopper Austin.  William Charles Austin died August 24, 1924 in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.  Cassandra “Cassie” Goins Austin died April 13, 1927 and was buried in Riley Cemetery in Sequoyah County.

                                             ==O==

John Goins “F.M.C,” Confederate soldier, unit unknown, was injured during the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and was shipped by train to Chattanooga for hospitaliza-tion, according to Margie Daniels.  He died there, one of 887, during the period, January 1, 1863-May 31, 1863 who were hastily buried in a cemetery near the Tennessee River.  Many of the wounded in the battle of Murfreesboro were sent to Chattanooga by train.  Some of them died en route and others in the station immediately upon arrival.  Homes and hospitals were filled with other soldiers who lingered, some a few days and some for months.

 

After the war was over, Col. R. L. Watkins supervised the removal of the bodies to the Confederate Cemetery in Chattanooga in 1867.  He compiled a list of the interments.

 

Col. Watkins began his list with the number 142 and the date February 1, 1863.  It is presumed that 141 men died in January and were buried in the very low ground where the water wash-ed the graves and the wooden boards, and that the names were not decipherable when he made his list in 1867.  The last num-ber "887" is dated May 31, 1863.

 

The list bears this inscription:

 

"Presented to the Confederate Memorial Association March 18, 1876, by R. L. Watkins, who assisted in obtaining this record in 1867 and participated in re-moving the dead to the graves where they now lie.  This was when the Confederate Memorial Association was first organized.  Each grave was numbered and named on headboard as this list shows and was easily identified.

 

R. L. Watkins."

 

ALABAMA

 

Alexander, George, Company E, 34th Regiment.

Alexander, J. W., Company C, 28th Regiment.

Allen, J., Company H, 34th Regiment.

Allison, E., Company E, 16th Regiment.

Anderson, Robert C., Company E, 19th Regiment.

Andrew, W. F., Company H, 35th Regiment.

Alsed, Isaac, Company M, 1st Cavalry.

Baker, S. B., Company K, 1st Cavalry.

Ballard, Samuel, Company A, 33rd Regiment.

Barlow, W. P., Company K, 25th Regiment.

Barnes, C. P., Company D, 19th Regiment.

Baros, C. C., Company K, 1st Regiment.

Bates, Francis M., Company B, 3rd Cavalry.

Bathwell, E., Company E, 6th Cavalry.

Bayley, E. C., Company ?, 28th Regiment.

Beedles, Benjamin, Cavalry

Bell, I. W., Company B, 5th Regiment.

Belvin, E. D., Company B, 45th Regiment.

Beles, Harrison, Company B, 19th Regiment.

Bishop, J., Company A, 33rd Regiment.

Black, C. J., Company G, 41St Regiment.

Blair, Wyley, Company G, 35th Regiment.

Blakely, William, Company I, 30th Regiment.

Blanton, J. W., Company K, 26th Regiment.

Bottenburg, Jas., Company B, 16th Regiment.

Bowsman, John, Company I, 1st Cavalry.

Bradley, A., Company B, 34th Regiment.

Brannon, J. B., Company F, 45th Regiment.

Brown, B. P., Maney's Battery.

Brown, G. W., Company I, 1st Cavalry.

Brown, J. B., Company J, 34th Regiment.

Brown, J. W., 32nd Regiment.

Brown, S. B., Company I, 25th Regiment.

Bruner, John, Company F, 26th Regiment.

Bryant, B., Company H, 1st Regiment.

Burdett, L. S., Company G, 34th Regiment.

Burdick, W. G., Company E, 34th Regiment.

Busbin, Isaac, Company E, 19th Regiment.

Bynum, Riley, Company I, 1st Cavalry.

Bynum, Tom, Company B, 28th Regiment.

Camp, B., Company L, 1st Cavalry.

Camp, M. M., Company B, 51st Regiment.

Cannon, E., Company H, 45th Regiment.

Capps, W. H., Company E, 45th Regiment.

Cargile, Richard C., Company C, 19th Regiment.

Carlton, R. H., Company A, 34th Regiment.

Chapman, A. J., Company E, 24th Regiment.

Chapman, Amos, Company E, 24th Regiment.

Chapman, Lieut. M., Company E, 19th Regiment.

Cheatham, J. S., Company C, 33rd Regiment.

Cherry, John William, Company C, 35th Regiment.

Chesterfield, Ivie, Company A, 28th Regiment.

Clement, A. J., Company E, 16th Regiment.

Coffin, John, Company C, 2nd Cavalry.

Colburn, J. Company B, 41st Regiment.

Compton, M., Company L, 1st Regiment.

Corburn, Perry, Company C, 2nd Cavalry.

Cox, A., Company D, 32nd Regiment.

Craig, W. R., Company G, 22nd Regiment.

Crow, J. B., Company F, 24th Regiment.

Crum, Sergt. W., Company A, 11th Regiment.

Daniels, J. A., Company C, 30th Regiment.

Danormy (?) W. J., Company B, 39th Regiment.

Davis, E. J., Company I, 25th Regiment.

Davis, G., Company C, 32nd Regiment.

Dickam, M., Company C, 2nd Battalion.

Docrull, R. C., Company C, 33rd Regiment.

Doherty, J. L., Company G, 19th Regiment.

Dones, I. C., Company C, 35th Regiment.

Dossey, G. B., Company B, 33rd Regiment.

Duke, William G., Company I, 18th Regiment.

Dunham, Richard, Company B, 34th Regiment.

Durner, Daniel, Company J, 4th Cavalry.

Durrett, G. H., Company F, 26th Regiment.

Durro, W. G., Company E, 22nd Regiment.

Dutton, B., Company K, 1st Regiment.

Eason, E. D., Company H, 25th Regiment.

Ellis, E. T., Company E, 34th Regiment.

Emmon, Joseph, Company F, 31st Regiment.

Enbe, E. N., Company F, 25th Regiment.

Everett, Marshall, Company G, 22nd Regiment.

Ezell, Addison W., Company A, 38th Regiment.

Fields, W. N., Company M, 1st Cavalry.

Foster, Francis, Company G, 34th Regiment.

Fowlett, J. W., Company C, 4th Regiment.

Fusler, Alf. S., Company F, 45th Regiment.

Gabham, G. S., Company B, 35th Regiment.

Gaines, William F., Company K, 26th Regiment.

Galbreth, A. C., Company E, 5ist Regiment.

Gilbert, John, Company E, 24th Regiment.

Goba, John H., Company C, 19th Regiment.

Goodwin, Morris, Company B, 22nd Regiment.

Gordon, W., Company C, 16th Regiment.

Gorham, J. H., Company K, 4th Regiment.

Goubile, John, Company B, 24th Regiment.

Graham, Napoleon, Company I, 24th Regiment.

Grant, J. A., Company F, 1st Cavalry.

Green, E. C., Company B, 51st Regiment.

Green, J., Company E, 6oth Regiment.

Green, Jackson, Company K, 30th Regiment.

Griffin, G., Company B, 1st Cavalry.

Hackney, G. W., Company B, 34th Regiment.

Hale, W. L., Company C, 28th Regiment.

Hamil, Simon, Company C, 25th Regiment.

Hand, A. W., Company G, 34th Regiment.

Harris, 3. S., Company G, 34th Regiment.

Harrison, Napoleon B., Company E, 24th Regiment.

Hattaway, M. W., Company B, 51st Regiment.

Hawkins, John F., Company B, 38th Regiment.

Hendricks, J., Company C, Gibson's Battery.

Hicks, J. W., Company A, 45th Regiment.

Hicks, Thomas E., Company A, 25th Regiment.

Hill, E. B., Company -, 1st Regiment.

Hinson, W. B., Company A, 25th Regiment.

Hitt, E. P., Company D, 28th Regiment.

Hods, James, Company G, 25th Regiment.

Holland, B. B, Company K, 26th Regiment.

Holliday, Reuben, Company K, 16th Regiment.

Homes, Lieut. J. W., Company, 1st Cavalry.

Holt, W. C., Company F, 24th Regiment.

Hooke, A. C., Company I, 34th Regiment.

Hooker, John, Company I, 32nd Regiment.

Hord, W. H., Company K, 31st Regiment.

Holt, C. W., Company K, 34th Regiment.

Housen, A., Company H, 25th Regiment.

Hutchin, D. L., Company -, 1st Regiment State.

Inadmatt, Robt. B., Company D. 19th, Regiment.

Israel, Leander W., Company E, 19th Regiment.

Janis, B., Company C, 26th Regiment.

Jarret, James, Company H, 19th Regiment.

Jenkins, J. D., Company E, 4th Regiment.

Jester, James A., Company F, 19th Regiment.

Jobson or Johnson, L., Company A, 26th Regiment.

Johnson, Oliver, Company I, 25th Regiment.

Johnson, Wm. H., Company I, 1st Cavalry.

Johnson, S. R., Company B, 25th Regiment.

Jones, S. M., Company ?, 16th Regiment.

Jones, W. K., Company B, 28th Regiment.

Jordan Mark, Company A, 41st Regiment.

Jurrell L, Company K, 24th Regiment.

Kelly John, Company A, 25th Regiment.

Kenneda, J. W., Company E, 25th Regiment

Kerby A, Company C, 19th Regiment.

Killen G W., Company B, 51st Regiment.

Kirkland, John, Company E, 1st Battalion.

Kyle, Robert E., Company D, Russel's Cavalry.

LaMarcus, Elias, Company H, 38th Regiment.

Lambert S. S., Company F, 34th Regiment.

Latham, Moses, Company D, 19th Regiment.

Lee J P., Company B, 39th Regiment.

Lee Lewis, Company D, 33rd Regiment.

Leline Allen, Company K, 34th Regiment.

Lillard Wm., Company C, 26th Regiment.

Liston R. A., Company F, 51st Regiment.

Lixton James, Company G, 41St Regiment.

Loftus Samuel, Company K, 38th Regiment.

Long C M., Company F, 25th Regiment.

Longley C. W., Company B, 28th Regiment.

Lunchford, A. W., Company G, 51st Regiment.

McCaffity, D., Companys B and E, 26th Regiment.

McCarthy, Daniel, Company D, 4th Cavalry.

McCartney, John, Company H, 26th Regiment.

McCowin, T. D., Company E, 45th Regiment.

McCoy Alexander, Company I, 25th Regiment.

McCoy S. A., Company H, 33rd Regiment.

McDonnell, William E, Company A, 1st Alabama Cavalry.

McDowell, W. C., Company A, 1st Cavalry.

McElwain, W., Company G, 34th Regiment.

McGuire, Charles, Company C, 18th Regiment.

McHenry, Thomas, Company A, 19th Regiment.

McKee, S., Company G, 25th Regiment.

McKleduff, T. N., Company A, 1st Cavalry.

McLain, E. E., Company E, 45th Regiment.

McLandon, Company E, 24th Regiment.

McLandon, Thomas, Company C, 25th Regiment.

Manley, J. G., Company I, 25th Regiment.

Marshall, E. M., Company H, 38th Regiment.

Martin, Daniel, Company A, 16th Regiment.

Massey, Aaron, Company G, 51st Regiment.

May, G. W., Company B, 25th Regiment.

Mays, James, Company K, 5th Regiment.

Melton, M. W., Company H, 41st Regiment.

Michell, Andrew T., Company F, 33rd Regiment.

Micou, W. H., Company H, 34th Regiment.

Miller, W. D., Company K, 1st Regiment.

Milligan, J., Company F, 25th Regiment.

Michen, H. S., Company B, 25th Regiment.

Moes, J. T., Company I, 18th Regiment.

Moin, J. G., Company D, 32nd Regiment.

Mooney, John P., Company B, 33rd Regiment.

Moore, W. D., Company -, Eufaula Artillery.

Morey, Charles, Company G, 19th Regiment.

Mullen, Augustus, Company D, 33rd Regiment.

Murphee, D. L., Company I, 1st Cavalry.

Murphey, W. Y., Company K, 1st Regiment.

Murphey, B. S, Co., K, 1st Cavalry Regiment

Nelson, Andrew J., Company B, 25th Regiment.

Nelson, David, Company I, 51st Regiment.

Nichols, J. J., Company H, 44th Regiment.

Nix, J., Company E, 28th Regiment.

Noland, LeBron, Company C, 25th Regiment.

Norvell, G. B., Company F, 4th Regiment.

Osburn, , Company D, 4th Regiment.

Palmer, Milton, Company H, 33rd Regiment.

Patterson, W. J., Company G, 34th Regiment.

Payne, J. M., Company A, 21st Regiment.

Pede, C, Company F, 39th Regiment.

Phillips, John H., Company C, 33rd Regiment.

Phillips, J. W., Company E, 51st Regiment.

Pollard, J. M., Company D, 32nd Regiment.

Preese, J. D., Company F, 20th Regiment.

Pritchett, B. F., Company A, 25th Regiment.

Quick, J. J, Company G, 38th Regiment.

Ragsdale, W, Company C, 22nd Regiment.

Raider, W. F., Company G, 38th Regiment.

Rainey, J. J. , Maney's Battery.

Ray, H. A., Company C, 22nd Regiment.

Rhodes, J. B., Company C, 34th Regiment.

Richardson, John A., Company C, 38th Regiment.

Rice, James, Company H, 1st Cavalry.

Roberts, A. J., Company I, 19th Regiment.

Rodgers, J. J. , Company E, 1st Cavalry.

Rogers, John L., Company I, 33rd Regiment.

Roper, William, Company G, 25th Regiment.

Rowe, Harry M., Company E, 34th Regiment.

Rowe, P. A., 34th Regiment.

Rulfard, James, Company F., 33rd Regiment.

Sackett, James, Company -, 2nd Regiment.

Saner, John, Company G, 41st Regiment.

Sanford, James, Company D, 24th Regiment.

Satterwhite, W. J., Company G, 22nd Regiment.

Scott, J. M., Company H, 41St Regiment.

Seff, Thomas E., Company F, 36th Regiment.

Shahan, Alonzo, Company H, 1st Cavalry.

Shelton, G., Company G, 45th Regiment.

Singleton, W. H., Company B, 38th Regiment.

Slattery, John, Company E, 33rd Regiment.

Smith, Jackson, Company D, 34th Regiment.

Smith, John W., Company F, 19th Regiment.

Smith, J. M., Company C, 34th Regiment.

Smith, W. W., Company M, 1st Cavalry.

Somers, S. C., Company B, 41st Regiment.

Soralls, John H., Company , 34th Regiment.

Spears, James R., Company E, 1st Battery.

Spence, William, Company I, 39th Regiment.

Steed, J., Company K, 4th Regiment.

Stevens, Timothy, Company H, 25th Regiment.

Tate, John, Company A, 2nd Cavalry.

Tavers, Willis A, Company B, 34th Regiment.

Taylor, E. B., Company B, 25th Regiment.

Teer, Joseph, Company B, 25th Regiment.

Terrel, Anthony, Company A, 16th Regiment.

Thomas, Uriah, Company E, 54th Regiment.

Thomas, W., Company G, 24th Regiment.

Thomas, W. G., Company C, 33rd Regiment.

Thompson, George, Company F, 41st Regiment.

Thompson, T. M., Company G, 26th Regiment.

Thompson, William, Company B, 51st Regiment.

Tiler, G. W., Company A, 25th Regiment.

Tinker, H., Company A, 3rd Alabama.

Todd, Thomas J., Company I, 4th Cavalry.

Toney, J. A., Company C, 26th Regiment.

Tramel, F., Company F, 19th Regiment.

Tusher, Aif S., Company F, 45th Regiment.

Tybs, William, Company I, 32nd Regiment.

Vaughn, John, Company K, 1st Cavalry.

Vestal, Davis A., Company C, 16th Regiment.

Vickers, Corp. T. J., Company F, 32nd Regiment.

Wade, Benj. B., Company D, 38th Regiment.

Wall, F. M., Company H, 26th Regiment.

Walters, D., Company G, 26th Regiment.

Walters, Joshua, Company E, 51st Regiment.

Wark, James, Company A, 41St Regiment.

Waskin, T. D., Company D, 28th Regiment.

Weiley, David, Company I, 36th Regiment.

Whaley, J., Company K, 1st Regiment.

Willingham, B. M., Company B, th Regiment.

Wills, J. B., Company A, 39th Regiment.

Wilson, B., Company B, 1st Cavalry.

Wilson, William, Company B, 1st Cavalry.

With (Witt?), William W., Company C, 28th Regiment.

Wood, Allen G., Company E, 34th Regiment.

Wood, John W., Company I, 36th Regiment.

Wright, John, Company C, 34th Regiment.

Wright, W. D., Company G, 45th Regiment.

York, Lieut. A. J., Company E, 32nd Regiment.

Unknown, Company F, 3rd Alabama Cavalry.

 

 

ARKANSAS

 

Bartlett, M., Company B, 31st Regiment.

Barstow, James, 7th Regiment.

Beavers, F. M., Company C, 31st Regiment.

Bennett, H., Company F, 3rd Regiment.

Bennett, R., Company D, 2nd Regiment.

Boker, J. L., Company H, 8th Regiment.

Brumby, James, Company K, 4th Regiment.

Cates, J. W., Company K, 31st Regiment.

Course, J. L., Company I, 30th Regiment.

Gatten, William T., 25th Regiment.

Gray, J. P., Company K, Adams' Regiment.

Holmes, Lieut. J. W., 1st Cavalry.

James, D. T., Company D, 8th Regiment.

Kendall, George, Company D, 31st Regiment.

McKinney, P. L., Company A, 1st Regiment.

Martin (Morton), Joseph, Company H, 2nd Regiment.

Patterson, D. A., Company E, 1st Regiment.

Patterson, John, Company C, 4th Regiment.

Patton, J. A., Company B, 3rd Regiment.

Porter, Robert, Company B, 1st Regiment.

Rowland, W. H., Company E, 31st Regiment.

Smith, R., Company B, 1st Regiment.

Smith, William, Company K, 6th Regiment.

Stanley, R. A., Company I, 1st Regiment.

Stovall, W. F., Company I, 8th Regiment.

Thompson, J. M., Company F, 2nd Regiment.

Vend, J., 1st Regiment.

Virdel, T. L., Company I, 2nd Regiment.

White, J. J. , Company A, 7th Regiment.

Word, Thomas, Company H, 8th Regiment.

 

 

FLORIDA

 

Boals, J., 11th Regiment.

Coggins, J. H., Company D, 3rd Regiment.

Douglass, C., Company F, 4th Regiment.

Elliott, James B., Company D, 3rd Regiment.

Gary, M. J., Company F, 3rd Regiment.

Holland, D., Company H, 1st Regiment.

Lamb, C., Company G, 3rd Regiment.

Latt, William C., Company 1, 4th Regiment.

Lovell, W. A., Company G, 4th Regiment.

Martin, Jesse, Company E, 1st Regiment.

Nelson, J. T., Company I, 1st Regiment.

Reeves, S. S., Company H, 3rd Regiment.

Sapps, B. W., Company E, 4th Regiment.

White, Edward, Company G, 3rd Regiment.

Wingate, J. J. , Company A, 3rd Regiment.

Wynne, Charles, Company B, 1st Regiment.

Wynne, Isaiah, Company F, 4th Regiment.

 

 

GEORGIA

 

Allen, H. E., Company B, 9th Regiment.

Bailey, G., Company H, 3rd Cavalry.

Bailey, S. A., Company B, 5th Regiment.

Capps, H. J., Company E, 3rd Battery.

Cine, G. W., Company B, 9th Battery.

Clay, J. A., Company H, 5th Regiment.

Cootes, E. T., Company B, 2nd Battalion.

Covington, Thomas, Company H, 3rd Regiment.

Demeriss, A., Company K, 13th Regiment.

Hunt, M. S., Company D, 3rd Cavalry.

Hutchin, 1st Georgia State Troops.

Jansen (or Nelson), H. J., Georgia Cavalry.

Lerois, W. D., Company C, 3rd Battery.

Lyle, G. W., Company C, 3rd Battery.

Marhulon, T., Company C, 9th Georgia.

Nelson (or Janson), H. J., Cavalry.

Patters, M. J., Company C, 3rd Battery.

Peeples, C. C., Company B, 3rd Regiment.

Perry, Thomas J., Company B, 3rd Regiment.

Powers, J. E., Company K, 5th Regiment.

Pud, J., Company E, 9th Battalion.

Ramsey, Jordan, Company C, 9th Battalion.

Sarp, Thomas A., 3rd Cavalry.

Sorrels, A. W., Company E, 2nd Regiment.

Spence, T. J., Company C, 2nd Regiment.

Stephens, Newton, Company F, 5th Regiment.

Tucker, E. T., Company D, 2nd Battalion Cavalry.

Veaney, Barney, Company I, 5th Regiment.

Ward, N., Company D, 8th Battery.

Wilbanks, J. A., Company F, 3rd Regiment.

 

 

 

KENTUCKY

 

Belter, John, Company B, 1st Cavalry.

Berry, W., Company B, 2nd Regiment.

Boget, A., Company D, 1st Cavalry.

Burgs, J. G., Company D, 9th Regiment.

Jones, M. S., Company F, 1st Cavalry.

McCullen (McCullough), William, Company H, 6th Regiment.

Perkins, Thomas, Company A, 3rd Cavalry.

Simpson, D. M., Company G, 1st Cavalry.

Speaker, George, Morgan's Cavalry.

Steel, James B., Cynthiana, Ky.

Switzer, James, Company F, 9th Regiment.

Tucker, James, Company D, 4th Cavalry.

Waiths, Lieut. F. M., Cavalry. S

Wr1sten, Joseph M., Company D, 4th Regiment.

 

LOUISIANA

 

Arthur, D., Company F, 16th Regiment.

Barnett, William I., Company I, 16th Regiment.

Brickley (or Buckley), A. G., Company E, 11th Regiment.

Conner, J., Company E, 16th Regiment.

Eagan, Michael, Company G, 10th Regiment.

Findlay, John, Company B, 25th Regiment.

Hallett, James, 1st Cavalry.

Heardy, J. H., Company H, 13th Regiment.

Honeycutt, G. M., Company F, 11th Regiment.

Kelly, D., Company A, uth Regiment.

Kenan, D. L., Company F, 2 th Regiment.

McCoy, A., Company E, 25th Regiment.

McWilliams, D. P., Company E, 1st Regiment.

Merchell, Lewis, 13th Regiment.

Moran, Henry, Company K, 13th Regiment.

Morrow, William, Company F, 16th Regiment.

Nolen (Noland), Michael, Company C, uth Regiment.

Nollett, Mitchell, Company G, 13th Regiment.

Ott, Thomas J., Company H, 16th Regiment.

Pullen, S. A., Company E, 25th Regiment.

Riley, George, Company K, 13th Regiment.

Robertson, Levi, Company E, 13th Regiment.

Spring, W. G., Company D, 25th Regiment.

Ross, William A., Company K, 1st Cavalry.

Strippling, A. A., Company E, 25th Regiment.

Thompson, D., Company A, 16th Regiment.

yarborough, Charles, Company F, 16th Regiment.

Zachary, J. E., Company H, 16th Regiment.

 

 

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

Alexander, W. M., Company E, 34th Regiment.

Allen, W. P., Company G, 27th Regiment.

Applewhite, Sergt. C., Company J, 10th Regiment.

Avara, A. J., Company C, 41st Regiment.

Baird, J. M., Company F. 27th Blythe's.

Ballew, J. W., Company C, 29th Regiment.

Barnquarth, T. E., Company C, 41st Regiment.

Bell, Henry, Company D, 45th Regiment.

Bennett, George, Company E, 24th Regiment.

Berry, Company I, 24th Regiment.

Bishop, J., Company K, 27th Regiment.

Blackberry, John, Company E, 29th Regiment.

Bobbitt, W. H., Company I, 24th Regiment.

Boddis, A., Company H, 27th Regiment.

Bowland, J. W., Company F, 29th Regiment.

Brinkley, W. H., Company E, 27th Blythe's.

Bunn, E. C., Company G, 41st Regiment.

Cate, Z. A., Company E, 27th Regiment.

Carltridge, James, Company C, 24th Regiment.

Closkey, G. W. W., Company F, 7th Regiment.

Cremer, A. L., Company A, 37th Regiment.

Davenport, G. W., Company A, 37th Regiment.

Davis, Fred L., Company B, ioth Regiment.

Dixon, W. H., Company G, 31st Regiment.

Doggett, R. D., Company I, 7th and 9th Regiments.

Douglass, Harrison, Company G, 29th Regiment.

Echner, L. E., Company G, 41st Regiment.

Edegar, G. W., Company H, 7th Regiment.

Eisley, Oliver, Company H, 10th Regiment.

Foust, L. D., Company A, 29th Regiment.

Fuller, B. W., Company B, 29th Regiment.

Gardner, G. W., Company B, 30th Regiment.

Garner, W. F., Company I, 29th Regiment.

Garuse, S., Company H, 37th Regiment.

Gentry, W., Company E, 32nd Regiment.

Gilmer, K. H., Company H, 10th Regiment.

Gil mer, Thomas, Company D, 37th Regiment.

Godwin, E. H., Company H, 37th Regiment.

Gork, E. H., Company D, 10th Regiment.

Griffin, Samuel, Company F, 24th Regiment.

Grisham, W. A. W., Company H, 33rd Regiment.

Harris, D. H., Company G, 29th Regiment.

Hassell, J. H., Company D, 37th Regiment.

Heddencok, I. B., 10th Regiment.

Hill, Thomas J., Company B, 34th Rement.

Hodges, J. B., Company K, 10th Regiment.

Hough, Frank, Company B, 27th Regiment.

Housley, G. W., Company G, 27th Regiment.

Johnston, C. A., Company D, 27th Regiment.

Kenneda, R. M., Company E, 27th Regiment.

Kens, W. A. E., Company D, 30th Regiment.

Knighton, W. C., Company I, 24th Regiment.

Latrip, J. B., Company K, 27th Regiment.

Law, S. W., Company D, 27th Regiment.

Lchnimpore (?),J. W., Company D, 41St Regiment.

Leavins, E. A., Company E, 29th Regiment.

Lenty, John, Company I, 29th Regiment.

Lester, George H., Company F, 29th Regiment.

Linchard, W., Company F, 30th Regiment.

Lipscomb, G. W., Company A, 30th Regiment.

McCrory, W. D. T, Company D, 37th Regiment.

McDonald, J., Company B, 37th Regiment.

McKnight, J. M., Company C, 10th Regiment.

Madew, B. C., Company E, 29th Regiment.

Maxwell, J. W., Company K, 27th Regiment

Miles, W. W., Company H., 27th Regiment.

Millsaps, W. M., Company F, Blythe's Regiment.

Morris, H., Company L, 41st Regiment.

Mounger, H., Company F, 29th Regiment.

O'Neal, J. R., Company H, 7th Regiment.

Parker, S. W., Company F, 24th Regiment.

Philips, W. F., Company B, 32nd Regiment.

Pickles, E., Company I, 30th Regiment.

Pickols, J. M., Company L, 24th Regiment.

Reikles, E., Company I, 30th Regiment.

Robinson, Stephen, Company D, 27th Regiment.

Rushing, N. R., Company E, 27th Regiment.

Scalion, G. W., Companys B and D, 24th and 29th Regiments.

Scarborough, Sergt. M., Company C, 24th Regiment.

Scillon, L. J., Company C, 29th Regiment.

Scruggs, W. S., Company E, 29th Regiment.

Shelton, W. T., Company G, 9th Regiment.

Sherrod, G., Company I, 29th Regiment.

Shirkey, Lieut. Montgomery C., Company A, 30th Regiment.

Shurtbiff, 0. G., Company E, 7th Regiment.

Simpson, W. B., Company G, 5th Regiment.

Slade, E. A., Company E, 30th Regiment.

Slade, H. F., Company D, 7th Regiment.

Slaughter, J. M., Company B, 24th Regiment.

Smith, W. D., Company F, 45th Regiment.

Stacey, M., Company G, 24th Regiment.

Stephens, E. T., Company F, 29th Regiment.

Strong, Henry, Company F, 27th Regiment.

Tilly, Stephen S., Company F, 29th Regiment.

Ussery, G. H., Company C, 37th Regiment.

Walker, W., Company E, 24th Regiment.

Wall, C. V., Company C, 7th Regiment.

Wallis, R. A., Company B, 8th Regiment.

Warren, L., Company H, 7th Regiment.

Whiddon, J. A., Company F, 7th Regiment.

White (or Whits), J. G., Company D, 30th Regiment.

Whittey, J. F., Company K, 27th Regiment.

Williams, S. G., Company B, 24th Regiment.

Wray, W. P., Company C, Blythe's Regiment.

Youngblood, N. A., 27th Regiment.

One unknown from Mississippi.

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

Beard, Daniel F., Company K, 39th Regiment.

Brindle, J. F., Company E, 29th Regiment.

Ceaghel, William, Company H, 60th Regiment.

Crowder, I. W., Company D, 29th Regiment.

Evans, S. C., Company B, 60th Regiment.

Frisbee, A. J., Company C, 29th Regiment.

Jones, Isaac A., Company H. 60th Regiment.

Kelly, J., Company H, 60th Regiment.

Lexton (or Sexton), George, Company H, 6oth Regiment.

Ponder, G. W., Company F, 60th Regiment.

Reynhold, Sergt. T. W., Company F, 6oth Regiment.

Rhea, T. W., Company G, 39th Regiment.

Watson, W., Company G, 39th Regiment.

Wells, Lieut. F. W., Company C, 29th Regiment.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Brown, R., Company L, 10th Regiment.

Bound, Zac B., Company B, 8th Regiment.

Caldres, E. W., Company H, 10th Regiment.

Carter, William, Company H, 10th Regiment.

Coleman, J. W., Company D, 10th Regiment.

Gilmen, H. M., Company B, 8th Regiment.

Grey, Alfred, Company H, 10th Regiment.

Holland, J. B., Company E, 10th and 19th Regiments.

Mallox, Henry, Company I, 19th Regiment.

Mathews, Francis, Company H, 9th and 10th Regiments.

Podget, Wilbert, Company A, 19th Regiment.

Satcher, R. (might be Latcher or Hatcher)--Regiment.--, Company H, 19th

Smith, H., Company H, 10th Regiment.

Todd, J. M., Company G, 10th Regiment.

 

 

TENNESSEE

 

Anderson, James, Company B, 13th Regiment.

Anderson, James, Company C, 28th Regiment.

Armstrong, B. F., Company B, 20th Regiment.

Bailey, F., Company A, 18th Regiment.

Bailey, J., Company L, 30th Regiment.

Barksdale, N., Company B, 13th and 154th Regiments.

Briggell, S. J., Company C, 47th Regiment.

Bruce, W., Company I, 1st Regiment.

Bowlin, Thomas G., Company I, 32nd Regiment.

Caldwell, James, Company I, 19th Regiment.

Campbell, W. H., Company I, 47th Regiment.

Cate, Robert C., Company H, 3rd Cavalry.

Caywood, A. C., Company K, 29th Regiment.

Clark, J. D., Company K, 4th Regiment.

Clarke, W. B., Company I, 31st Regiment.

Clarke. W. D., Company K, 154th Regiment.

Coffey, Calvin, Company D, 26th Regiment.

Combs, Andrew, Company K, 26th Regiment.

Conn, S. G., Company B, 25th Regiment.

Cox, W. E., Company K, 26th Regiment.

Craighead, S. S. (?), Company F, 38th Regiment.

Crawford, Sergt. Thomas, Cheatham's Escort.

Crawley, H., Company G, 17th Regiment.

Crow, M. R., Company K, 11th Regiment.

Dahamy, Thomas, Company E, 19th Regiment.

Davis, B., Company G, 51st Regiment.

Davis, Montgomery, Company D, 4th Confederate.

Davis, Robert, 1st Cavalry.

Davis, Rowell, Company B, 38th Regiment.

Davis, Simon, Company C, 25th Regiment.

Davis, Thomas C., Company B, 1st Middle Tenn. Cavalry.

Dawson, T., Company E, 84th Regiment.

Deaton, William, Company A, 26th Regiment.

Degraffenreid, Capt. H. E., Company B, 154th Regiment.

 

[This name is given on R. L. Watkins' list as Deysaffenus as nearly as it can be translated.  However, H. E. DeGraffenried was Captain of Company B of the 154th Tennessee.  He was mortally wounded in the battle of Murfreesboro and was, no doubt, brought to the hospital in Chattanooga as were the others, and died there a few weeks later.  “The Confederate Military Annals of Tennessee” shows Capt. Henry E. DeGraffenried as captain of Company B, 154th Tennessee.]

 

Dickens, Chesley, Company B, 19th Regiment.

Dickens, John, Company E, 24th Regiment.

Elder, George, Company F, 38th Regiment.

Elder, T. D., Company F, 28th Regiment.

Ellwood, H. C., Company I, 29th Regiment.

Elrod, G., Company E, 28th Regiment.

Epps, James L., Company D, 32nd Regiment.

Estel, Lieut. John, Company E, 15th Regiment.

Gathins, B. T., Company W, 51st Regiment.

Gilbride, Barney, Company K, 35th Tenn.

Gillespie, James, 19th Tenn.

Gilmer, J., Company I, 29th Regiment.

Goffey, J. G., Company E, 6th and 8th Regiments.

Gordon, Robert, Company H, 18th Regiment.

Greer, William C., Company C, 28th Regiment.

Halarson, Thomas, Company E, 44th Regiment.

Hall, Joseph, Company H, 5th Regiment.

Hallmark, Company K, 19th Regiment.

Hamlett,. D. R., Company I, 13th Regiment.

Hasberger, S. D., Company K, 19th Regiment.

Hawkins, W. H., Company F, 11th Regiment.

Hendrick, J. L., Company K, 4th Regiment.

Hendricks, Joseph S., Company H, 154th Regiment.

Hicks, R., Company K, 26th Regiment.

Hodges, William J., Company C, 45th Regiment.

Hogan, W., Company I, 29th Regiment.

Humphries, 0. H., Company B, 19th Regiment.

Jared, Joseph, Company A, 28th Regiment.

Johnson, Thomas, Company B, 5th Regiment.

Jolly, J. H., Company D, 8th Regiment.

Jones, G. W., Company H, 32nd Regiment.

Jones, James, Company G, 32nd Regiment.

Jones, J. V., Company C, 84th Regiment.

Keith, Marion, Company G, 25th Regiment.

Kempt, Larkin, Company C, 44th Regiment.

King, L. K., Company F, 4th Regiment.

Kirkland, J., Company K, 48th Regiment.

Landon, T. J., Company I, 12th and 47th Regiments.

Lawrence, Sergt. E. 5., 6th and 9th Regiments.

Lee, Alex M., Company B, 44th Regiment.

Lemons, L., Company F, 19th Regiment.

Lenimon, Henry, Company D, 32nd Regiment.

Lillard, R., Company C., 26th Regiment.

Lodor, A. Duke, Regiment.

Livingston, R. B., Company F, 19th Regiment.

Lutton (or Sutton), B., 12th Regiment.

McCrany, J. W., Company A, 11th Regiment.

McDonald, J. J., Company G, 51st Regiment.

McNight, B., Company I, 6th and 9th Regiments.

Malicote, William, Company I, 6th and 7th Regiments.

Manning, William, Company B, 37th Regiment.

Mapilla, John, Company E, 27th Regiment.

Martin, Dan, Company K, 16th Regiment.

Martin, Harris, Company F, 19th Regiment.

Martin, J. C., Company H, uth Regiment.

Massey, Sergt. J. W., Company H, 13th Regiment.

Maxwell, Thomas B., Company L, 6th Regiment.

Mayfield, William, Company F, 27th Regiment.

Medley, William, Company B, 5th Regiment.

Morgan, Andrew, Company C, 19th Regiment.

Moseley, D. W., Company C, 38th Regiment.

Murrys, Charles West, Company D, Battery.

Noah, John, Company F, 84th Regiment.

Packham, Alpheus, Company G, 13th Regiment.

Patter, L. R., Company B, 6th and 9th Regiments.

Patterson, L, Company G, 45th Regiment.

Petty, J. F., Company D, 47th Regiment.

Pemberton, E. C., Company K, 24th Regiment.

Pierce, J. R., Company C, 151 Regiment.

Pike, Joseph, Company K, 26th Regiment.

Price, J. T., Company E, 44th Regiment.

Pursly, Samuel, Company F, 47th Regiment.

Rankhorn, J. M., Company C, 28th Regiment.

Rilgo, W. E., Company F, 38th Regiment.

Roads, J. C., Company D, I2th Regiment.

Roberts, J. W., Company C, 8th Regiment.

Robinson, James, Company H, 1st Regiment.

Rogers, William, Company G, 12th Regiment.

Rush, W., Company D, 19th Regiment.

Rutledge, T. R., Company D, 26th Regiment.

Sanford, C. W., Company F, 28th Regiment.

Smith, B. A., Company I, 45th Regiment.

Steffield, G., Company K, 26th Regiment.

Stevenson, Thomas J., Company H, 4th Cavalry.

Stidham, T. H., Company C, 38th Regiment.

Wade, Thomas, Carnes Battery.

White, W. F., Company D, 33rd Regiment.

Werry, W. J., Company E, 51st Regiment.

Williams, H., Sappers and Miners 51st Regiment.

Williams, Joseph R., Company K, 2qth Regiment.

Win n, A. J., Company B, 4th Regiment.

Withers, W., Company C, 29th Regiment.

Witt, James M., Company B, 29th Regiment.

Womack, W. C., 16th Regiment.

York, W. H., Company D, 32nd Regiment.

Young, J. B., Company A, 11th Regiment.

 

 

 

TEXAS

 

Alday, W., Company K, 15th Regiment.

Blanchard, E., Company H, 15th Regiment.

Braver (Beaver), William, Company G, 11th Regiment.

Bullock, Novel, Company F, 9th Regiment.

Cleveland, J., Company E, i4th Regiment.

Frazer, J. D. B., Company H, 24th Regiment.

Hargrove, A. J., Company F, 9th Regiment.

Jones, J. J., Company C, 15th Regiment.

Moss, P., Company H, i4th Regiment.

Odell, A. B., Company H, 11th Regiment.

Smith, W. F., 9th Regiment.

 

 

SOLDIERS OF COMMANDS NOT NAMED BY STATES AND SOME UNKNOWN

 

Arrowwood, S. M., Company F, 4th Confederate.

Ayres, Lewis, Company and Regiment unknown.

Barnes, B., Company K, Col. Preston's Cavalry.

Barrow, Amos, Water's Battery.

Berry, S., 3rd Confederate Cavalry.

Blackman, R. C., Company E, Cox's Battalion S. S.

Bowden, J. A. W., Company E, Cox's Battalion S. S.

Bowen, James, Company A, Confederate Cavalry.

Breel, W., Company B, Water's Battery.

Brown, E. P., Company B, Manney's Battery.

Brown, Thomas, Company A, 3rd Confederate Cavalry.

Bullock, J. A., command unknown.

Calvin, Henry, Company B, Water's Battery.

Campbell, James, Company E, 3rd Confederate Cavalry.

Carter, , Company F, Cox's Battalion S. S.

Carroll, J. R., Company C. Cox's Battalion S. S.

Clarke, J. B., Manney's Battalion S. S.

Cox, W. E., Company E, 3rd Confederate.

Davis, Montgomery, Company D, 4th Confederate.

Dundy (Dandy), Company I, 8th Confederate.

Durham, Thomas, Waters' Battery.

Fitzgerald, L. C., Company H, 9th Confederate.

Forrest, John, Company B, Manney's Battalion S. S.

Goins, John, F. M. C.

Fox, F. M., Company K, Manney's Battalion S. S.

Gifford, Joseph, command unknown.

Hallett, James, 1st Confederate Cavalry.

Harrel, Samuel, Company E, Sharp's Battalion S. S.

Hackett, James, 1st Cavalry.

Herring, Edward, command unknown.

Holt, S. A., Dawson's Battery.

Howard, D. P., command unknown.

Jones, F., Company C, McKee's Battalion.

Kenner, William R., Company F, Limestone's Battalion.

Lacks, Richard, Company D, 4th Confederate (Sweet's).

Long, William S., Company B, Manney's Battalion 5.5.

Mc , Thomas, command unknown.

McDonald, W., McKeown's Escort.

Martin, B., Company B, Light Artillery.

Monahan, J., command unknown.

Norman, William, command unknown.

Pliilips, J. M., 1stConfederate Cavalry.

Pitts, M. J., Gibson's Battalion.

Rainey, J. J., Company B, Manney's Battalion.

Ricketts, R., command unknown.

Riser, Jacob, Company E, Cox's Battalion S. S.

Robinson, B. H., Gibson's Battalion.

Roy, J. T., Company F, 8th Confederate.

Royston, F. M., Company H, 3rd Confederate Cavalry.

Saunders, James R., Cox's Battalion S. S.

Saunders, William, 8th Confederate.

Shelly, W. B., 1stBattalion, Hillard's Legion.

Sneed, J. A., Company B, Russell's Cavalry.

Syphus, Sylvanus, Company K.

Thompson, E. G., Company E, Newman's Battalion.

Tinker, H., Company A, 3rd Confederate.

Turner, William, Company E., Cox's Battalion S. S.

Ward, F. H., Company I, 8th Confederate Cavalry.

Ware, A. W., Gibson's Battery.

Weatherford, J. G., Company B, Cox's Battalion S. S.

Wutmaker, C. C., Gibson's Battery.

A lady, a hospital matron or nurse.

Miller, Louis, 6th Federal Regiment, a Yankee.

Winbroot, E. J., 6th Federal Regiment, a Yankee.

 

Later eight bodies were found near Rossville Gap and were moved by Forrest Camp to the Confederate Cemetery.

 

Their names so far as known were:

 

Free, J. M., Confederate Army.

Herrin, J. M., 41st Alabama Regiment.

Ingraham, J. A., Tennessee Confederate Regiment.

Jordan, H. S., Company A, 41st Alabama.

Massey, J. H., 41st Alabama.

Watterson, Walker, Company H, 33rd Tennessee Regiment.

McNeil, B. F., Company F, 1stMississippi Regiment.

Unknown.

 

 

This completes the list of re-interments as given by R. Watkins.

 

SOME MEMBERS OF FORREST CAMP BURIED IN THE CONFEDERATE CEMETERY

 

Barbee, G. T., 31st Tennessee Regiment.

Crumley, John, Company I, 7th Georgia Regiment.

Hale, Madison, Company C, 3 1stTennessee Regiment.

Kimball, LeVert, Alabama Artillery.

Norment, William T., 1stBattalion, Washington Artillery, New Orleans, La.

Middleton, H. M.

Payne, John N., 1stCompany Washington Artillery, New Orleans, La.

Pritchett, Edward W., Company I, 1stTennessee Regiment.

 

Upon the authority of Dr. John Stewart French, his three uncles were buried in the Confederate Cemetery.  They were:

 

Byron Brownlow French, Joseph Harrison French, and Timothy Allen French.

 

Source: Armstrong, Zella. “The History of Hamilton County and Chattanooga, Tennessee”. Volume 1

 

MARKERS OF THE CHATTANOOGA CONFEDERATE CEMETERY ERECTED AFTER 1892

 

[compiled by J.Sims, October 1997]

 

Name: / Section: / Marker Information:

 

ALLRED, Blackstone / A / VA, Co. H, 25th TN Infantry

ARMSTRONG, M. V. / A / Pvt. , Co. C, 5 TN Cav. (1844-1912)

BAILEY, John / A / VA, Co. D, AL Cav.

BAILEY, Thomas J. / A / Pvt. , 23rd GA Inf. (1832-1904)

BAILEY, Volner / A / VA, Co. B, 40th GA Inf.

BAIRD, Martha / B / Pvt. , (1850-1928)

BAIRD, Mary C. / B / Pvt. , wife of W. T. Baird (d. 1926)

BAIRD, Mattie W. / B / Pvt. , wife of J. M. Haley (1848-1937)

BAIRD, Samuel M. / B / Pvt. , Co. C, 45th TN Inf. (1843-1918)

BAIRD, W. T. / B / Pvt. , 10 TN Cav. , (d. 1924)

BARBEE, G. F. / B / VA, Co. C, 3rd TN Inf.

BEAVERS, Hiram O. / D / VA, Co. I, 5th TN Cav. (1846-1929)

BICE, Amos / A / VA, Co. G, 7th AL Inf.

BICE, William / A / Pvt. , (1842-1913)

BLEDSOE, A. S. / B / Pvt. , Lt. , Co. I, 17th Inf. (1837-1917)

BRACKEN, A. L. / B / Pvt. , (1845-1915)

BRACKEN, Laura A. / B / Pvt. , (1851-1928)

BROOKS, W. H. / A / VA, Co. E, 16th TN Cav.

BROWN, Alexander / A / Pvt. , 17th TX Inf.

BROWN, Jas. (C. ) / B / Pvt. , Co. C, 7th GA Inf. (d. 1912)

BROWN, John H. / B / VA, 4th TN Cav.

BROWN, J. S. / B / VA, Co. D, 1st TN Cav.

BROWN, W. C. / A / Pvt. , (1835-1903)

BUNCH, William F. / B / VA, Co. D, 1st TN Cav.

CAMPBELL, Amos A. / A / VA, Musician, Co. B, 20th NC Inf.

CARNEY, Thomas / A / VA&Pvt. CoA, 19thTN Inf (1834-1906)

CATHEY, S. C. / A / Pvt. , 6th TN Art. (d. 1906)

CHURCH, F. G. / B / VA, Co. B, 22nd GA Hvy. Art.

CLARK, George M. / A / Pvt. , (1845-1903)

CLARK, Senia / A / Pvt. (same as Geo. ), (1859-1932)

CLINTON, George W. / B / VA, 1st Lt,Co. A, 1st GA Inf.

COBB, W. J. / A / VA, Corp. , Co. F, 19th TN Inf.

COOKE, James Burch / C / Pvt. , Col. , 53rd TN Inf. , (1819-1899)

COOKE, Penelope McDermott / C / Pvt, "wife of J. B. ", (1830-75)

COOKE, Richard Fielding / C / Pvt. , "son", (1859-1892)

COSBY, W. M / B / VA, Starneís TN Cav.

COLLINS, N. J. / A / Pvt. , Co. I, 35th TN Inf. (1833-1909)

CRAWFORD, E. D / A / VA, Corp. ,Co. A, 19th TN Inf.

CROCKETT, Ed T. / B / VA, "Confederate Soldier"

CROCKETT, Edward R. / A / VA, Co. A, 20th TN Inf.

CROSS, Robert G. / A / VA, Adj. , 14th TN Inf.

CRUMLEY, John / A / VA, GA Inf.

DAVIS, H. M. / B / Pvt. , Co. C, 3rd GA (d. 1920)

DEADERICK, Wm. Wallace / A / Pvt. , (1842-1913)

DAWSON, W. D. / A / Pvt. , Co. G, 19th VA Inf. ,(d. 1903)

DEAN, Jno. R. / A / Pvt. , 17th (TN Inf. ?), (1840-1906)

DEMENT, (mother of Thos. J. ) / A / Pvt. , (1841-1917)

DEMENT, Thomas J. / A / Pvt. , 6th VA Cav. , (1838-1915)

DESHA, Ella Sturgill / D / Pvt. , (1883-1936)

DESHA, Hamilton / D / Pvt. , "father", (1848-1933)

DESHA, Hampton / D / Pvt. , "twin", (1848-1935)

DESHA, Nannie Tymes / D / Pvt. , (1855-1932)

DEVINE, Charles / B / Pvt. , 2nd ARK Inf. , (d. 1918)

DICKINSON, Laurence Thomas / D / Pvt. , Co. A, 1st MD Cav, (1843-1923)

DICKINSON, Nannie Tibball / D / Pvt. ,"wife of L. T. ", (1845-1916)

DICKS, Emma I. / C / Pvt. , (1842-1928)

DICKS, Joseph / C / Pvt/VA, 1st SC Inf. (1845-1901)

DOBSON, E. J. / A / Pvt. , Capt. , Co. K, 22nd NC (1836-03)

DOYLE, C. A. Clowdis / B / Pvt. , (wife of John), (1839-1926)

DOYLE, John C. / B / Pvt. , Co. H, 2nd TN Cav, (1838-1922)

DUCKWORTH, D. F. / B / Pvt. , Co. B, 5th TN Cav. , (d. 1923)

DUNGER, Harry / B / Pvt. , Co. H, 2nd TN Cav. , (d. 1886)

DUNN, W. W. / A / Pvt. , (1831-1905)

EAVES, John F. / A / VA&Pvt, Co. C, 8th GA Inf, (1845-10)

FERGUSON, Bettie M. / B / Pvt. , (1847-1932)

FERGUSON, S. H. / B / Pvt. , 4th VA Inf. , (1842-1917)

FLORA, Theo. F. / B / VA, Co. L, 36th TN Inf.

FRAZIER, Annie Keith / C / Pvt. , (1848-1928)

FRAZIER, Sarah Ruth / C / Pvt, "Poet LaureateUDC" (1875-1956)

FRAZIER, S. J. A. / C / Pvt. ,Capt. ,Co. D, 18th TN,(1840-1921)

FREEMAN, D. H. / A / Pvt. ,Co. E, 3rd SC Reg. , (1839-1912)

FREEMAN, Julia Carter / A / Pvt. , (1852-19--)

FRY, M. M. / B / Pvt. , 3rd TN Inf/1st TN Cav,(1844-26)

GIBSON, Jeremiah / B / Pvt. , Co. D, 57th NC Inf, (1844-1917)

GILBREATH, Barney / A / VA, "Confederate Soldier"

GHORMLEY, Wm. Henderson / A / Pvt. , Co. C, 2nd TN Cav, (1839-1907)

GOULDING, B. L. / D / Pvt. , Signal Corps/Weather(1844-1934)

HACKETT, Wright Smith / A / VA, 1st Lt. , Co. C, 16th TN Inf. ,(d. 1864)

HALE, Madison / A / VA, Co. C, 39th TN Inf.

HANEY, J. J. / A / Pvt, Priceís Escort/4th TN Cav,(d. 1898)

HARBIN, W. J. / A / VA, "Confederate Soldier"

HARRIS, Ella Fuley / B / Pvt. , (1866-1926)

HARRIS, John A. / B / Pvt. , (1835-1910)

HARRIS, W. H. / A / VA, Co. K, 21st TN Inf.

HATCH, James M. / B / VA, Co. D, 61st NC Inf.

HEDGE(S), Nathaniel / C / Pvt/VA, (2nd) KY Inf. , (1830-1863)

HENDERSON, A. M. / B / Pvt. , Co. C, 13th TX Cav. , (d. 1923)

HENDERSON, Annie Turney / B / Pvt. , "wife of A. M. , (d. 1922)

HIGHTOWER, Thomas H. / B / VA, Lynchís Btty. , TN Hvy. Art.

HIX, James C. / B / Pvt. , Co. I, 35th GA Reg, (1842-1923)

HIX, Mary L / B / Pvt. ,(1854-1931)

HOLMAN, Thomas C. / D / VA, Co. K, 41st GA Inf.

HOLMAN, Victoria Pearson / D / Pvt. , "wife of Thos. C. Hallman"

HORTON, Martha A. Duncan / B / Pvt,wife of Saml. V. Horton,(1840-27)

HOUSE, H. (?) / A / Pvt. , Co. E, 4th TN Cav. , (1841-1910)

JONES, Jim / B / VA, Co. A, 1st TN Cav.

KEY, Lucius E. / B / VA, Sgt. , Co. I. , 13th GA Inf.

KIMBALL, Levert / A / Pvt. , AL Arty. , (d. 1892)

KINMAN, E. W. / A / VA, Co. A, 19th TN Inf.

LATIMER, James H. / D / VA, 1st Sgt. ,Co. I. , 49th GA Inf.

LATIMER, Mammie Stuart / D / Pvt, "wife of J. H. ",(1851-1926)

LEIGH, John Wesley / A / Pvt. , (1892-1910)

LEWIS, James / B / Pvt. , Co. I. , 3rd AL Cav. , (1846-1919)

LORENZEN, August A. / A / VA/Pvt, Co. G, LA Inf. (1840-1901)

MANNING, Rev. A. F. / B / Pvt. , Co. G, 8th GA Inf. , (1842-1926)

McMURRAY, F. G. / B / Pvt. , Co. B, 23rd AL, (d. 1923)

McMURRAY, Laura Taylor / B / Pvt. , (1845-1922)

McMURRAY, Lu. C. C. / B / VA, Co. F, 6th NC Inf. , (1840-1918)

MILLER, Burrus R. / A / Pvt. , Co. E, 2nd TN Inf. , (1843-1904)

MILLER, Lewis / B / VA, 6th Federal (POW)(d. 1863)

MITCHELL, Adam R. / B / VA, Co. H, 1st TN Cav.

MITCHELL, A. T. / A / VA, Co. F, 16th TN Inf.

MITCHELL, Charles --- / A / Pvt. , Co. F?, MS Vol. ,(1835-03)

MORGAN, (C. ) K. / A / Pvt. , (1871-1884)

MORGAN, J. T. / A / Pvt. , Thos. Brig. ,Hill Div. ,(1845-92)

MORTON, S. M. / A / Pvt. , Co. K, 3rd AL Inf. , (1843-1914)

NISBET, J. C. / B / Pvt. , Col. , 66th GA Inf.

NISBET, Jennie Cooper / B / Pvt. , "wife of J. C. ", (d. 1918)

NOLAND, Ione / A / Pvt. , "Mother"

NORMENT, William T. / A / VA, Sgt. , 1st LA Arty.

OTT, W. A. / B / Pvt. , Capt. , 23rd TN Inf. , (d. 1919)

PALMER, A. W. / B / Pvt. ,Co. E, 31st GA Inf, (1845-1918)

PALMER, Eliz. Brause / B / Pvt. , (1857-1917)

PALMER, William W. / A / Pvt. , "Father", (1843-1912)

PARKER, Patrick / B / Pvt. , 47th AL Inf. , (1841-1923)

PAYNE, John N. / A / Pvt/VA, Sgt. , 1st Co, Wash. Arty.

PENDLETON, Hugh T. / A / VA, Richmond Howitzer

PRICE, J. L / A / Pvt, Sgt, Co. B, Cutts Btty,(1843-06)

PRITCHETT, Edward / A / VA, Co. L, 14th TN Inf.

ROBERTSON, G. P. / A / Pvt. , (1845-1903)

ROE, Samuel B. / A / Pvt. , 50th GA, (1844-1902)

SHELTON, Erasmus A. / B / Pvt. , "Father", (1846-1917)

SHULL, Franklin Tate / A / Pvt. , "Conf. Soldier", (1843-1911)

SMITH, J. A. / A / Pvt. , Co. B, 4th TN Cav. , (d. 1903)

STEELE, Jno. B. / C / VA, Co. F, 2nd KY Inf. , (d. 1863)

STEPHENS, Eva / B / Pvt. , "Mother", (1865-1952)

STEPHENS, Jack / B / VA&Pvt, Co. D,39th GA Inf,(d. 1926)

STURGILL, Mary Ann / D / Pvt. , "Mother",(1850-1934)

STURGILL, Robert H. / D / VA, Co. K, 21st VA Cav,(1840-1937)

SWANEY, Julia Bentley / C / Pvt. , (d. 1899)

SWEAT, John / A / VA, Co. C, 21st GA Inf.

TAYLOR, A. C. / A / VA, Bennetís Cav.

TAYLOR, John R. / A / VA, Co. F, 23rd TN Cav.

TAYLOR, Thomas D. / B / VA, Co. C, Thomas Legion

THORN, Edward D. / A / Pvt. , Co. B, 8th GA, (1845-1911)

TODD, Lemuel M. / C / VA, Co. G, 10th SC Inf.

UMBARGER, Lydia J. / B / Pvt. , "Mother", (1845-1925)

UNDERWOOD, Wallace / A / VA, "Confederate Soldier"

UNKNOWN, Hospital Matron / D / Pvt. (VA type in granite)

UNKNOWN, Negro Man / D / Pvt. (VA type in granite)

UNKNOWN, "104" / B / VA

UNKNOWN, #8 / B / VA (d. 1863)

UNKNOWN, #24 / B / VA

UNKNOWN, #46 / B / VA

UNKNOWN, #47 / B / VA

UNKNOWN / B / VA, d. 8/12/1862

UNKNOWN / B / VA

WALKER, John T. / C / Pvt. , 1st Lt. , Co. K, 13th SC SS

WALKER, Margaret Jones / C / Pvt. ,wife of John T. , (1843-1926)

WEATHERFORD, Silas / B / VA,Sgt, Co. G, 5th TN Cav,(d. 1919)

WELLS, B. F. / A / VA, "Confederate Soldier"

WILKERSON, W. M. / A / VA, Co. H, 21st GA Inf.

WINBROOT, E. J. / B / VA, 19th MI (POW)(d. 1863)

WOOD, Luke / B / VA, Co. E, 31st GA Inf.

YARRINGTON, Thomas / A / VA, Co. D, 3rd AL Inf.

YOUNG, I. F. / B / Pvt. , Co. H, 6th AL Inf,(1841-1920)

 

NOTES:

 

Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery SECTOR LOCATIONS:

 

A--Large sector in NW corner below obelisk and pavilion; two areas;

basically five rows of markers

to the central road with gutters.

B--Large sector in NE corner with two large rocks and a small flagpole(at

the two markers of Union

POWs); basically five rows of markers to the central road with gutters.

C- -Smaller sector to the East of the obelisk and pavilion dominated by a

large monument with Mary

at the foot of Jesusí cross.

D--Small sector of four sections nearest the large stone gate to the South

and including the new

memorial cross marker erected in 1997 by the N.B.Forrest Camp #3, Sons of

Confederate

Veterans, and the Patrick R. Cleburne Chapter #0158, Miltary Order of the

Stars and Bars

(MSO&B); dedication reads: "Peace be to the ashes of our Confederate dead

and honor be to their

memory."

 

ABBREVIATIONS (other than states)

VA-- Standard government issue marker now from the Veterans' Administration,

240 pound marble

markers with pointed tops (only one marker is flat).

Pvt. --Any variety of private markers both upright and flat.

Inf. --Infantry

Cav. -- Cavalry

Arty.--Artillery

Hvy. -- Heavy

Div. --Division

Brig. -- Brigade

Co.--Company

 

Supplemental Listing of Veterans Buried in the Chattanooga Confederate

Cemetery Chattanooga,

Tennessee

 

[ list compiled by J.Sims - 1998]

 

Veterans whose grave sites are confirmed:

 

 

O.N. Bice (d.11-17-1918) buried between G.F.Barbee and Martha Baird

Martin J. Dunn (d.1-11-1920) buried between Ott and Davis next to Byrum

W.J. Nichols (d.1-28-1919) buried between McMurray and Brown {GA Inf.}wife

adj.

Rev. S.A. Byrum (d.2-27-1920) buried between Ott and Davis next to Dunn

J.A. Lyle (d.11-1-1923) buried between Parker and Duckworth - wife adjacent

plot

 

 

Veterans Identified in UCV Records as Being in Cemetery, Locations Unknown

 

H.J. Bradford

Joseph Cooper (d.2-24-1914)

A.H. Dickenson (d.8-2-1916)

Capt. W.D. Dodson or Dobson

E. Jenkins (d.8-10-1915)

William J. Sandol (d.2-17-1917)

1st Sgt. Charles M. Todd (d.6-26-1915) Co.E, 1st AL Cav.

--- Evans

 

10-9-98 Additions:

 

William T. Alexander Co.B, 30th AL

James Alfred Allen (d.1-30-1896) Co.A, 16th LA Inf.

J.G. Brown (d.2-19-1921

John T. Dillard (d.7-13-1897) Co.F, 19th TN Inf.

----Fergerson (d.8-1904)

William G. Flynn (d.3-22-1898) Co.I, 26th TN Inf.

A.P. Harrington (d.9-17-1902)

J.T. Hill (d.11-1891)

Thomas J. Howard (d.8-8-1905)

E.J. Lockett (d.3-18-1891)

W.B. Mitchell (d.2-18-1903) MS

Green B. Reed (d.8-11-1891) Co.A, 16th AL

John Sivette (d.12-24-1896) Co.C, 21st GA

 

Veterans Identified by Miss Zella Armstrong ca.1930 as most probably in Confederate Cemetery as casualties of Snodgrass Hill 9-20-1863:

 

Lt. Carter

Capt. Handley

Lt. Williams

Pvt. Hendricks

 

*Note : In adjacent Jewish Cemetery, James Gottschalk is buried; he was a Confederate blockade runner.

 

Other grave identifications

 

"E.J. Winbroot" is Sgt. Edward J. Wentworth, Co.F, 19th Michigan Infantry, died at Academy Hospital, Chattannoga, 4-14-1863.

 

Shadrick Searcy (d.5-11-1936), "Colored Pensioner", Co. I, 46th GA Infantry.

                                             ==O==

Albert G. Goans was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Hamilton County, Enumeration District 51, page 9:

 

          "Goans,                Albert G.      40, born in August 1859 in TN

                                       Sarah D.       39, born in November 1860 in TN

                                   John H.         13, born in February 1887 in TN

                                       Clyde M.         7, born in March 1893 in TN"

                                             ==O==

Mrs. Mattie Goens boarded at r s alley between Harrison av and E T V and G R R, 2 e of E T V and G R R Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1890 and 1891 according to Chattanooga city directories.

                                             ==O==

Franc Goines was baptized into Friendship Baptist Church February 14, 1869 in Hamilton County.

                                             ==O==

Jessica Goings was married about 1796 "near Chattanooga" to William Purvine [Purviance?], according to Bradley B. Garret­son, a great-great-grandson of Orinda, California.  A son, Charles Purvine was born to them there in 1815.  They lived in Cherokee territory [later the Chattanooga area] from about 1800 to about 1820.  Later they removed to Morgan County, Illinois, perhaps to receive bounty land.  William Purvine died there in 1832, and Jessica Goings Purvine died there in 1836.  Charles Purvine removed to Iowa afterward and was in California in 1849.

 

Jessica Goings Purvine Relates

Tradition of Indian Massacre

 

By Bradley B. Garretson

105 Danza Court, Orinda, California, 94563

 

Jessica Goings Purvine, [c1775-1836] my g-g-grandmother related the story of an Indian massacre which became a tradition in my Purvine family.  It was handed down orally for 150 years before my grandmother, Sarah Ann Robinson Purvine [1859-1930] finally put it down on paper about 1920.  She had heard Mary Jane Camron Purvine [1820-1898], her mother-in-law tell the story many times.

 

Eleanor Garretson wrote that William Purvine was born about 1775 in Cabarrus County, NC.  We speculate they met and married in the Holston settlement, but don't really know.  Records say they eventually settled near Chatta-nooga,  Ten-nessee where they raised a family and lived until about 1820.  This was Indian territory then, so we be-lieve that they must have had some accommodation with the Indians.  In 1820 they moved with their family to Illi-nois, where they lived the rest of their lives.  William lived until 1832 and Jessica until 1836.

 

Jessica told her children about a Purvine family of eight from Cabarrus County, North Carolina who removed westward to the frontier.  One morning while the father, Charles Purvine was doing his farm chores, his wife who was preparing breakfast, heard an unusual commotion at the barn.  Looking out, she saw that Indians had surrounded her husband and were attacking him.  She snatched up the baby and fled.  She finally reached a settlement and safety.  Investigators found that the Indians had killed the husband and the other five children and burned the house.

 

Jessica was married about 1796 to the surviving child, William Purvine probably in Melungia, the northeast corner of Tennessee where they lived briefly.  By 1798, they had proceeded down the Tennessee River or Sequatchie River Valley to the Chattanooga area, at that time included in Knox County, Tennessee. Since these were Indian lands at that time, it is assumed that Jessica had "Cherokee connections."  The family lived there unmolested until they removed about 1820 to Morgan County, Illinois.  They died there near the little town of Concord, Illinois.

 

William and Jessica told their children and grandchildren about the massacre, but none of them remembered where or when the tragedy took place.  All they recalled was that their father was the sole survivor of the children and the slender genetic thread by which the family was perpetuated. 

 

Children born to William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine include:

 

          Annie Purvine                                                   born about 1797

          John Purvine                                                     born about 1799

          Elizabeth Purvine                                             born about 1803

          Catherine Purvine                                             born about 1806

          Nancy Purvine                                                   born about 1809

          Martha Purvine                                                 born in 1812

          Charles Purvine                                                born in 1815

          Jemima Purvine                                                born in 1820

 

Annie Purvine, daughter of William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine, was born about 1797.  She was married about 1813 to George Long.  She died in 1849.

 

John Purvine, son of William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine, was born about 1799.

 

Elizabeth Purvine, daughter of William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine, was born about 1803 in Knox County.  She was married to M. Dane about 1820.  They lived in Tennessee.

 

Catherine Purvine, daughter of William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine, was born about 1806 in Knox County.  She was married about 1823 to Charles Estes.  They removed to Illinois.

 

Nancy Purvine, daughter of William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine, was born about 1809.  She was married about 1827, husband's surname Ray.  They lived in Illinois.

 

Martha Purvine, daughter of William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine, was born in 1812.  She was married about 1830 in Morgan County, Illinois to George Washington Johnson, a Kentuckian.  They later removed to Sonoma County, California.

 

Charles Purvine, son of William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine, was born in 1815.

 

Jemima Purvine, daughter of William Purvine and Jessica Goings Purvine, was born in 1820.  She was married about 1839 to Andrew Jackson Stanley, and they also removed to Sonoma County, California.

                                             ==O==

Thomas Goings, a laborer, boarded at 6 Hill Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1890 and 1891 according to Chattanooga city directories.

                                             ==O==

William S. Goings worked for Lookout Iron Co. while boarding at r 1024 William Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1890 and 1891 according to Chattanooga city directories.

                                             ==O==

Asa Goins was reported as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Hamilton County, Enumeration District 50, page 18:

 

          "Goins,                 Asa                      56, born in TN, October 1843

                                       Sarah J.                35, born in TN, 1865

                                       Hattie J.                  2, born in TN, Jan. 1879,

                                            daughter

                                       Ina                         16, born in TN, June 1883, step-dau.

                                       Lizzie                     7, born in TN, December 1892, dau.

                                       Gracie                     3, born in TN, Aug. 1896, dau.

                                       Louie                     1, born in TN, May 1899

                                             ==O==

Arthur Goins was the subject in the February 10, 1941 article in the “Chattanooga Times.”  A photograph of the ferry operator appeared in connection with the story:

 

Arthur Goins Isn't Sure About

Traditions of Origin of Race.

 

By John Fort

 

He had heard his father use the word "Melungeon".  His father had come from old "James county", now a part of Hamilton--they were from Rhea county originally, or per-haps McMinn.  The tradition was that the Goins family had come to Tennessee from Virginia, but of that he was not sure.

 

So says Arthur Goins, of the Hale's Bar settlement, as he pilots the ferry over the Tennessee river just below the toll bridge on the Cummings Highway to Nashville.  He is a "riverman," small of stature-his eyes are bright, his movements quick.  More than all else, in distinguishing characteristics, his face is slightly dark in coloring, a faintly foreign look.  He might be a sailor from some distant port; he might be a fisherman or a navigator.  Now he pilots a ferry and he swings the little motorboat around with expert ease.

 

The Goins family are "Melungeons," so say all the old residents.  One has to be an old resident even to know the queer word—its meaning is lost in modern parlance.  Even Arthur Goins recalls only that he had heard his father use it . . .

                                             ==O==

B. E. Goins and Frank Crutchfield were true billed in an indictment handed down by the Hamilton County Grand Jury October 18, 1940 for “driving while drunk,” according to “The Chattanooga Times” of that date.  At the same time B. W. Goins and Leila Williams were indicted for “public profanity.”

                                             ==O==

Bess Goins, daughter of Daniel Goins, was born in 1903.  She died at age 92 January 29, 1995.  Her obituary appeared in a Chattanooga newspaper.

 

"Bess Goins Morris of Knoxville, formerly of the Tyner community, died Sunday, Jan 29, 1995, in a nursing home there She was 92.  Mrs Morris, who was a graduate of East Tennessee University in Johnson City, was the oldest living member of Tyner United Methodist Church.  She was the wife of the late Paul T. Morris, a former principal of East Ridge Elementary school.

 

She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Goins and the sister of the late Judge John C. Goins, Charles D. Goins, James Goins and Thomas Goins.

 

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Rinearson, Knoxville and two grandchildren, Keith Rinearson, Atlanta and Robert M. Rinearson, West Palm Beach, Florida.  Burial was in Hamilton Memorial Gardens."

                                             ==O==

The obituary of Clarence Arlee Goins appeared in 1974 in a Chattanooga, Tennessee newspaper:

 

"Goins, Clarence Arlee, 44, of 1535 Putman Street, Detroit, Michigan, died Saturday morning in Detroit.  Mr. Goins was a life-long resident of Chattanooga, but had been living in Detroit for the past six years, where he was employed by the Star Tool & Die Company.

 

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Lou Goins, of Detroit; three sons, Clarence Arlee Goins, Jr, Emmett M. Goins and Herbert A. Goins, all of Detroit; daughter, Mrs. Peggy Ann Plemmons of Chattanooga; sister, Mrs. Aileen Luker of Bismark, Arkansas; brother, Emmett Eugene Goins of Detroit; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Coulter Memorial Chapel with Sister Hazel Reed and Rev. M. E. Roberson, officiating.  Interment will be in the Harrison Cemetery.  The body is at the Ted T. Coulter Funeral Home."

                                             ==O==

Ida Goins, a seamstress for L S Slayton, lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1890 and 1891 according to Chattanooga city directories.

                                             ==O==

Obediah Goins worked for Davis & Shinn, Brick & Terra Cotta Co., while boarding at r 323 Boyce Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1890 and 1891 according to Chattanooga city directories.

                                             ==O==

W. V. Goins of Chattanooga signed an affidavit on June 18, 1908:

 

"I affirm that my parents were living in Hamilton County in 1851.  My grandparents were all dead.  Neither I nor any of my ancestors were ever on any Indian roll.  I claim Indian descent thru both parents.  My grandparents on my mother's side were born in Virginia.  On my father's side they were born in Grainger County, Tennessee.  They were all living in Hamilton County in 1835.  I have heard them talk of the Indians, but don't know that they ever lived with them.  I have no negro blood in me.  I was never held as a slave, nor were any of my ancestors. 

                  W. V. [X] Goins

                  Chattanooga, Tennessee, June 18, 1908"

 

Sarah I. Scott of Winchester, Tennessee made an affidavit June 24, 1908:

 

"My name is Sarah I Scott.  I live at Sewanee, Ten­nessee.  I was born in 1859 at Harrison, Hamilton County, Tennessee.  I claim through both my father and mother.  I claim to be connected to the Cherokee tribe.  My father died in 1862 and was about 40 years old.  My mother died in 1894 and was 66 years old when she died.  My mother and father were recognized as Indians where they lived.  My grandparents came from South Carolina; it may have been North Carolina.  My grandparents took part in tribal matters.  I guess my father voted; I really don't know.  My parents and grandparents never got any money or land from the government.  My father's brother and mother's brother got land in I.T.  I have heard of my great grandparents being enrolled with the Cherokees.  My great grandfather was Laban[?] Goins.  I heard that he was enrolled.  I never heard of my grandparents being enrolled.  In 1882 my mother and I were living in Cannon County, Tennessee.  I had an aunt that was enrolled in 1882.  Her name was Sandal [Sandell] Goins.  I heard that father's father was enrolled; his name was Thomas Goins.  I was not enrolled in 1882 because I did not hear about it at that time.  I don't remember any of Thomas Goins' brothers and sisters; I just barely recollect him.  My mother was raised up with the Indians.  I heard her talk about being at the camp with them.  The tribe went away and left her in North Carolina.  Her parents did not go west.  I guess [it was] because they were not full bloods.  I heard that my grandparents went up in the mountains to keep from going west.

 

                  Sarah I. Scott

                  Winchester, Tennessee, June 24, 1908"

 

Sarah E. Boulder[n?] and her three children of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma were rejected as Cherokees, according to "Cherokees by Blood: Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U. S. Court of Claims, 1906-1910" by Jerry Wright Jordon.  She prepared an affidavit September 21, 1908:

 

"My name is Sarah E. Boulden; my post office is Oktaha, Oklahoma; I was born in Tennessee near Chattanooga in 1845; I moved west in 1862; I claim my Indian blood through both my mother and my father; in 1851 my mother was living in Tennessee; her maiden name was Mary McGill; in 1851 she was known as Mary Goins; my mother never drew any money that I have ever heard of; I tried to get an allotment with the Cherokees, but they refused me; Sandell Still was my father's sister; we were all enrolled in Long Savannah, East Tennessee; my mother had two half-sisters, namely Elizabeth McGill and Nancy McGill; neither of them ever married, but Margaret Turnover was Eliza­beth's daughter; my father and mother left Tennessee and came to Illinois in 1862; from Illinois we came here; my father had the following brothers and sisters, Sandell Still who first married a Field and then a Still, the next sister was Polly Clark who also went by the name of Polly Helton; John Going, Sanford Going, Martin Going and Thomas Going. 

 

            Sarah E. [X] Boulden

            Muskogee, Oklahoma, September 21, 1908"

 

Indian affairs officials attached a note to the affidavit of Sarah E. Boulden: "Note, See Mary Goen Act of Congress roll.  Sandell Still did not have a daughter named Mary."

 

Polly Goins, age 52, made an affidavit in 1889 in support of the application of Martin Fields whom she identified as a son of George Fields, a "blood Cherokee of Hamilton County."  She stated that George Fields was married first [about 1800] to a woman whose name was Cassandra.  Later he was remarried [about 1830] to Sandell Goins. 

 

She declared that George Fields died about 1840 in Marion County, Tennessee.  After his death she was remarried to George Still in Hamilton County.  He died about 1857.  She died about 1878 in Pope County, Illinois where three of her children lived.

 

She identified the children of George Fields as:

 

          John Fields

          Vilinta Fields

          Polly Fields                                     born about 1835,

                                                                    married Nathan Goins

          Rhoda Fields                                    married Henry Goins

          Issippi Fields                                    married Calvin Bolin

          Corzania [Cassandra?] Fields          married James Goins

          James Fields

          Riley Fields

          Martin Fields                                married Cynthianna Goins, Cherokee

                                                                daughter of Preston Goins and Betsy

                                                               McGill Goins of Hamilton County.

 

She identified the children of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields as:

 

          Tennessee Fields                   born in 1870

          Jeanie Fields                          born about 1871

          James Fields                          born about 1876

          Julia Fields                             born about 1878

 

She identified the children of George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still as:

 

          Allen Still

          Andrew Still

          Elizabeth Still                        married Carter Goins

 

Jerry Wright Jordan wrote:

 

“This small roll [only 88 names] of the Eastern Cherokees is seldom mentioned and often overlooked, yet it was one of the criteria that Guion Miller used in deciding the eligibility of applicants to the Guion Miller Roll of 1906-1910.  The introduction to the Roll on National Archives Microfilm Publication 7RA-06 states that the names contained in this roll were ommitted from the Siler Roll [1851], but had been included on the Mullay Roll of 1848. I know for a fact the names on the first page of this roll were not on the Mullay Roll.” 

 

Name                     Relation                Age              Residence                      Amt. Rec'd

 

Sandell Still            Head            45                Bledsoe Co, Tenn.           $          92.82

Rhoda Still              daughter      13                Bledsoe Co, Tenn                      92.82

Isiipi Still                          daughter      11                Bledsoe Co, Tenn                      92.82

Cussana Still           daughter        9                Bledsoe Co, Tenn                      92.82

Riley Still                          son                         7                  Bledsoe Co, Tenn                      92.82

Martin Still              son                         6                  Bledsoe Co, Tenn                      92.82

Allen Still                          son                         2                  Bledsoe Co, Tenn                      92.82

Andrew Still             son                         1                  Bledsoe Co, Tenn                      92.82

 

 

Margaret Still                    Head            21                Hamilton Co, Tenn.                     92.82

Geo. Franklin Still    son                         4                  Hamilton Co, Tenn.                     92.82

Cass Houston Still          son                         3                  Hamilton Co, Tenn.                     92.82

Joseph W. Still              son                        1-12          Hamilton Co, Tenn,                     92.82

 

 

Mary Goen              Head            20                Bledsoe Co, Tenn.                     92.82

[daughter of Sandell Still]

Robert Goen           son                         2                  Bledsoe Co, Tenn.                     92.82

 

 

John Fields             Head            18                Bledsoe Co, Tenn.                     92.82

[son of Sandell Still]

Lydia Jane Fields          daughter                 1                  Bledsoe Co, Tenn.                     92.82

                                             ==O==

Cloie Hamby, mother of three children and a niece of Sarah E. Boulder, was rejected by the commission.  She prepared an af­fidavit on the same date:

 

"My name is Cloie Hamby; my post-office is Oktaha, Oklahoma.  I was born in Hamilton County, Kentucky [Tennessee] and am 38 years old; I am a niece of Sarah E. Boulder who has just testified and a sister of John Goins who is here, and his number is 3710; my mother Malissa McGill was a first cousin of Sarah E. Boulder and my father, John Goins, was her brother, and we claim our Indian blood from exactly the same source.  I was born in Livingston County, Kentucky."

            Cloie Hamby

            Muskogee, Oklahoma, September 21, 1908"

 

Martha Goins of Jasper, Tennessee filed Cherokee application No. 6290, according to "Cherokees by Blood: Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U. S. Court of Claims, 1906-1910" by Jerry Wright Jordon.  Her application was rejected with the explanation that no ancestors were never enrolled and no ancestor was a party to the treaties of 1835 and 1846.  The applicant "appeared at Chattanooga, but left before her testimony could be taken."

                                             ==O==

Maggie Goins Cooksey gave a deposition in 1909 to support her claim of being a Cherokee, according to "Cherokees by Blood: Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U. S. Court of Claims, 1906-1910" by Jerry Wright Jordon:

 

"My name is Maggie Goins Cooksey; my post-office is Mackey, Oklahoma; I am about 34 years old; the appli­cation made for Thomas B. Cooksey was for me; my father's name was Carter Goins; my mother's name was Elizabeth Still; she was the daughter of Cassandra Still; my mother died about 18 or 20 years ago; she was living in Muskogee at the time of her death; she was born near Chattanooga, Tennessee; Andy Still was one brother of my mother; Allen and Andrew Still were other brothers; my mother's half sisters were Polly Fields, Luzaney Goins and Rhoda Fields; I have some children, John, 16; Benton, 14; Robert, 11; Nannie, 12; Floyd, 8."

 

                              Maggie Goins Cooksey

                              Vian, Oklahoma, March 15, 1909

 

Maggie Goins Cooksey died about 1955 and was buried in the Spade Mountain Cemetery in Adair County, Oklahoma on U.S. Highway 62, between Stillwell and Tahlequah.

                                             ==O==

William Goins worked for J C Roberts while living in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1890 and 1891 according to Chattanooga city directories.

                                             ==O==

James John Goin was a resident of Mississippi Territory about 1765 shortly after England wrested control of the area from the French and the Spanish.  Alabama Territory was formed from Mississippi Territory in 1798.

 

According to the research of Carolyn A. Ostroff, a great-great-great-granddaughter of Bellmore, New York, children born to James John Goin include:

 

          Sandell Goins                                                        born about 1805

          Mary "Polly" Goins                                               born about 1806

          Martin Goins                                                          born about 1809

          Asa Goins                                                               born about 1811

          George Washington Goins                                    born about 1813

          Sanford Goins                                                        born about 1815

          Nathan Goins                                                         born about 1818

          Jack Goins                                                             born about 1821

          Thomas Goins                                                       born about 1825

 

Sandell Goin, daughter of James John Goin, was born about 1805, probably in Grainger County, Tennessee.  She was married about 1828 to George Fields, a widower whose wife Cassandra Fields had died.  George Fields died about 1840 in Marion County, Tennessee, according to an affidavit made in 1889 by Polly Goins.

 

Sandell Goin Fields was remarried in Hamilton County to George Still about 1841.  He died about 1857, and she removed to Pope County, Illinois where three of her children lived.  She died there about 1878.

 

According to Polly Fields Goins, who was born about 1835, children born to George Fields and Casandra Fields were:

 

          John Fields                                                                            born about 1802

          Vilinta Fields                                                                        born about 1803

          Polly Fields                                                                            born about 1805

          Rhoda Fields                                                                         born about 1807

          Issippi Fields                                                                          born about 1809

          Corzania [Casandra] Fields                                                  born about 1812

          James Fields                                                                         born about 1815

          Riley Fields                                                                            born about 1818

          Martin Fields                                                                         born about 1822

 

Children born to George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still include:

 

          Allen Still                                                                             born about 1843

          Andrew Still                                                                         born about 1845

          Elizabeth Still                                                                       born about 1849

 

Polly Fields, daughter of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1805.  She was married to Nathan Goins about 1822.

 

Rhoda Fields, daugher of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1807.  She was married about 1835 to Henry Goins.  Henry Goins was born in Tennessee, according to his 1880 census enumeration of Pope County, Illinois.  Henry Goins served in the Thirty-seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company G, during the Civil War, according to Imani Kea Greene.  Henry Goins was remarried to Zana Harper.

 

Children born to Henry Goins and Rhoda Fields Goins, in Kentucky, according to Imani Kea Greene, include:

 

          Thomas Goins                                                            born about 1837

          William Goins                                                            born about 1839

          Sarah Goins                                                                 born about 1841

          Mary Goins                                                                  born about 1843

          Ruth Goins                                                                  born about 1846

 

Issippi Fields, daughter of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1809.  She was married about 1826 to Calvin Bolin.

 

Cassandra Fields, daughter of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1812.  She was married to James Goins about 1830.

 

Martin Fields, son of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1822.  He was married about 1845 to Cythianna Goins, daughter of Preston Goins and Betsy McGill of Hamilton County.

 

Children born to Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields include:

 

          Tennessee Fields                                                         born in 1870

          Jeanie Fields                                                                born about 1871

          James Fields                                                                born about 1876

          Julia Fields                                                                   born about 1878

 

Tennessee Fields, daughter of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields, was born in 1870.

 

Jeanie Fields, daughter of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields, was born about 1871.

 

James Fields, son of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields, was born about 1876.

 

Julia Fields, daughter of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields, was born about 1878.

 

Allen Still, son of George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still, was born about 1843.  About 1862, his family removed to Pope County, Illinois, perhaps to escape the Civil War.

 

Andrew Still, son of George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still, was born about 1845.  At about age 17, his family removed to Pope County, Illinois.

 

Elizabeth Still, daughter of George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still, was born about 1849.  She was married about 1866 to Carter Goins.

 

Mary "Polly" Goins, daughter of James John Goins and Rhoda Duncan Goins, was born about 1805, probably in Grainger County, Tennessee.  She was married about 1823, husband's name Helton.  Later she was remarried, husband's name Clark, according to Sarah E. Boulden of Muskogee, Oklahoma in an affidavit dated September 21, 1908.

 

Martin Goins, son of James John Goins, was born about 1809.

 

Asa Goins, son of James John Goin and Rhoda Duncan Goins, was born about 1811.  Asa Goins filed Indian Claim No. 10294 with the Dawes Commission, however it was withdrawn [probably in anticipation of it being denied].  There was a note attached to the document which was probably written by a Dawes official.  It read, “The Goins family, if Indian, were Catawbas, and the only claim may be through the marriage of Sandell Goins Still.”

 

George Washington Goins, son of James John Goin and Rhoda Duncan Goin, was born about 1813.  He was married about 1844 to Louise Golightly, according to Steve Smith.  George Washington Goins filed Indian Claims Application No. 32017 with Dawes Commission in Oklahoma, and it was rejected.  These applications were for land grants within the tribal lands, most of which were denied, according to Steve Smith.

 

George Washington Goins and Louise Golightly Goins died in Sebastian County, Arkansas and were buried there.

 

Sanford Goins, son of James John Goin and Rhoda Duncan Goins, was born about 1815.  He was married about 1838 to Charity Helton, daughter of Harmon Helton and Sarah Morgan Helton.  She was born in Hamilton about 1805.  She appeared as a widow in the 1850 census composed of:

 

          Nathan Goins                                             born about 1840

          Rhoda Goins                                              born about 1842

          Catherine “Katie” Goins                            born about 1845

          Sarah Ann Goins                                        born about 1847

 

Nathan Goins, son of James John Goin and Rhoda Duncan Goins, was born about 1818 in Hamilton County.  He was married about 1841, to Mary McGill, according to an Internet report.  The report reads:

 

"Minta Cobb, mother of Maude Bell Cobb and Johnnie Cobb, was the child of an unknown Goins.  Minta's paternal grandfather and grandmother were Nathan Goins and Mary McGill [1/2 Cherokee].  Nathan's father was James Goins [1/2 Cherokee].  The parents of Mary McGill were an unknown Big Dollar, 'full blood' and Hannah Big Dollar, 'half breed.'"

 

Children born to Nathan Goins and Mary McGill Goins include:

 

          Joe Goins                                                           born about 1844

          Jackson Goins                                                    born in 1851

 

Joe Goins, son of Nathan Goins and Mary McGill Goins, was born about 1844 in Hamilton County.  He was married about 1867 to Sally Goins, a cousin of Dekalb County, according to Carolyn A. Ostroff.

 

Jackson Goins, son of Nathan Goins and Mary McGill Goins, was born about 1851.  Jackson Goins was a native of Hamilton County, according to his affidavit published in "Cherokees by Blood: Records of Eastern Cherokee Ancestry in the U. S. Court of Claims, 1906-1910" by Jerry Wright Jordon:

 

"My name is Jackson Goins; I was born in Hamilton County, Tennessee in 1851; I am fifty-seven years old; I am the uncle of Marshall Goins; his father, Joe Goins, was my brother; I have applied for participation in this fund; I do not remember my application number; I have heard the testimony of Marshall Goins, and it is sub­stantially true to my best knowledge.  I have not further testimony to help prove this claim. 

 

                                          Jackson [X] Goins

                                          Dayton, Tenn, June 23, 1908"

 

His nephew, Marshall Goins gave a deposition on the same date:

 

My name is Marshall Goins; I was born in Wilson County, Tennessee; I am twenty-eight years old; I claim my Indian blood through my father and mother; my father's name is Joe Goins; my mother's maiden name was Sally Goins.  My father was born in Hamilton County, Tennessee.  I do not know what year he was born; my mother was born in Dekalb County, Tennessee.  I do not know what year.  My mother claimed her Indian blood through her father and mother.  My father claimed his Indian blood through his mother.  I do not know where my grandfather and grandmother were born, but I think they were born in the state of Tennessee.  I do not know when they were born.  Neither my father or mother were enrolled, but I think my grandfather, Nathan Goins was enrolled.  Neither my father or mother or grandparents were never considered as a member of an Indian tribe and never received any money.  I have never received any money.  I never heard of any of my ancestors being held as slaves.  I first learned of my Indian blood from my mother, and she said I was part Cherokee, but she never said how much.  My father and ancestors through [whom] I claim were regarded as white people in the community in which they lived.  I am regarded as a white man and associate with white people.  I was twenty-one years old when my mother died and five years old when my father died.  My father and mother never had an Indian name.  I never heard of any ances­tors through whom I claim as having an Indian name.  My grandmother on my father's side resided in Hamilton County, Tennessee in 1851.  I do not know why my ancestors were never enrolled.

 

                                                                                      Marshall [X] Goins

 

Jack Goins, son of James John Goins, was born about 1821.

 

Thomas Goin, son of James John Goins and Rhoda Duncan Goins, was born in Mississippi Territory [later to become Alabama] about 1825, according to Pam Parker, a descendant of Boise, Idaho.  He, a Cherokee, was married about 1848 to Jamima Sinnes, the daughter of Benjamin Sinnes, according to Carolyn A. Ostroff.  She stated that she found record of Benjamin Siness in 1835.  At that time, he stated that he was 65 and a ferry boat owner.

 

 

Children born to Thomas Goin and Jamima Sinness Goin include:

 

          Mary "Polly" Goin                               born about 1787

 

Mary "Polly" Goin, daughter of Thomas Goin and Jamima Sinnes Goin, was born about 1787.  She was married about 1804 to Jacob Coots, according to a great-great-granddaughter, Elaine C. Eltgroth of Chester, California.

 

Children born to Jacob Coots and Mary "Polly" Goin Coots include:

 

          Jestern Coots                                                      born about 1806

 

Jestern Coots, daughter of Jacob Coots and Mary "Polly" Goin Goots, was born about 1806.  She was married about 1824 to John George Castoe, according to Eltgroth research.  She filed an application with the Dawes Commission in Indian Territory for Cherokee rights.

                                             ==O==

Harvard Goins was enumerated as the head of Household No. 422 in the 1850 census of Hamilton County, Page 796.  The family was rendered September 18, 1850 as:

 

          "Goins,                Harvard    46, farmer, born in Tennessee

                                       Laborn      16, born in Tennessee, laborer

                                       William     11, born in Tennessee

                                       Duncan        9, born in Tennessee

                                       Jane              7, born in Tennessee"

 

Charlie Goins was enumerated as the head of Household No. 423-423 adjoining Harvard Goins in the 1850 census of Hamilton County:

 

          "Goins,                Charlie       45, born in North Carolina

                                       Nathan       18, born in Tennessee

                                       Rhoda        15, born in Tennessee

                                       Catharin       8, born in Tennessee

                                       Sarah             5, born in Tennessee"

                                             ==O==

Henry Goins appeared as the head of a household in the 1850 census of Hamilton County, Household 663, page 831, Civil District 27.  The family enumerated October 1, 1850, was recorded as:

 

          "Goins,                 Henry       25, born in Tennessee, farmer

                                       Martha      20, born in Tennessee"

 

Rolen Goins appeared as the head of a household in the 1850 census, Household 662, adjoining Henry Goins, page 830, Civil District 27.  The family, enumerated October 1, 1850, was recorded as:

 

          "Goins,                Rolen          40, born in Tennessee, farmer

                                       Elizabeth    35, born in Tennessee

                                       John            14, born in Tennessee

                                       Dodson      13, born in Tennessee

                                       Harrison    10, born in Tennessee"

                                             ==O==

J. C. Goins and James Goins were recorded in 1870 in Hamil­ton County probate records as "working on public roads.

                                             ==O==

John Going was enumerated as the head of Household No. 667 Civil District 27 of Hamilton County.  The family was recorded October 1, 1850 as:

 

          "Going,                John           50, born in TN, farmer, illiterate

                                       Jane            40, born in TN, illiterate

                                       Sarah          24, born in TN,

                                       Nancey        22, born in TN

                                       William      20, born in TN, laborer, illiterate

                                       Mary           17, born in TN

                                       Vica            14, born in TN

                                       Henry          10, born in TN

                                       Nathaniel      9, born in TN

                                       Bradford       5, born in TN

                                       Asahel           3, born in TN

                                       Lydda       5/12, born in TN"

                                             ==O==

Martha Goins, Priscilla Goins, Mary Elizabeth Goins and Thomas Goins were identified as children of Prior L. Goins, deceased in Hamilton County probate records.

                                             ==O==

Mary Ann Goins was married to Alex Clark January 15, 1860 in Hamilton County, according to a letter written October 15, 1994 by Elroy Kirkpatrick, a great-grandson of Diamond Springs, California.

                                               ==O==

Rachel Goins, the wife of William Goins in the 1850 census of Hamilton County, was born in Tennessee in 1822.

                                             ==O==

Tabner Goins, a nonagenarian, was listed as the head of Household No. 747, Civil District, adjoining that of Carter Goins in the 1850 census of Hamilton County, page 843.  The family was rendered as:

 

          "Goins,                Tabner       90, born in VA, male, no employ-

                                                                ment

                                       Ann            22, born in Tennessee

                                       William       3, born in Tennessee

                                       James           1, born in Tennessee"

 

Carter Goins was enumerated as the head of Household No. 746, page 843 in the 1850 census of Hamilton County.  The family was listed as:

 

          "Goins,                Carter           35, born in TN, carpenter, illiterate

                                       Cyntha          30, born in Tennessee

                                       William        14, born in Tennessee

                                       Francis          12, born in Tennessee, male

                                       James            10, born in Tennessee

                                       Elizabeth         8, born in Tennessee

                                       Jefferson          6, born in Tennessee

                                       Vandola           2, born in Tennessee, female"

                                              ==O==

Nathan Goins was enumerated as the head of Household No. 750 in the 1850 census of Hamilton County.  The family was listed October 4, 1850 as:

 

          "Goins,                Nathan         30, born in Tennessee, carpenter,

                                                                  illiterate

                                       Rila             25, born in Tennessee, illiterate

                                       Emiley         15, born in Tennessee

                                       Nelly             6, born in Tennessee

                                       James            5, born in Tennessee"

 

A second Nathan Goins was enumerated as the head of a Household No. 749 in the 1850 census of Hamilton County, Page 843.  The family was rendered October 4, 1850 as:

 

          "Goins,                Nathan         30, born in TN, farmer, illiterate

                                       Mary           28, born in Tennessee

                                       Sarah             9, born in Tennessee

                                       William        5, born in Tennessee

                                       John              3, born in Tennessee

                                       Luanzy            1, born in Tennessee"

 

William Goins was listed as the head of Household 754, Civil District 27, in the 1850 census of Hamilton County.  The fam­ily was recorded October 4, 1850 as:

 

          "Goins,                William      28, born in TN, farmer, illiterate

                                       Sarah           29, born in Tennessee, illiterate

                                       Lucinda         7, born in Tennessee

                                       John               4, born in Tennessee

                                       Molicia          2, born in Tennessee

                                       Thomas    6/12, born in Tennessee"

                                             ==O==

James John Goin, regarded as a native of East Tennessee, which later became Claiborne County, was born about 1780 of parents unknown.  He removed to Hamilton County and then across the state line into Alabama Territory which had been formed from Mississippi Territory in 1798.  He was married there about 1803 to Rhoda Duncan, according to Patricia Lykins, a descendant.

 

According to the research of Carolyn A. Ostroff, a great-great-great-granddaughter of Bellmore, New York, children born to James John Goin and Rhoda Duncan Goin include:

 

          Sandell Goins                                                     born about 1804

          Thomas “Shade” Goins                                      born about 1805

          Mary "Polly" Goins                                            born about 1806

          Martin Goins                                                       born about 1809

          Asa Goins                                                            born about 1811

          Sanford Goins                                                     born about 1815

          Nathan Goins                                                      born about 1818

          Jack Goins                                                          born about 1821

          Thomas Goins                                                    born about 1825

 

Sandell Goin, daughter of James John Goin and Rhoda Duncan Goin, was born about 1805, probably in Grainger County, Tennessee.  She was married about 1828 to George Fields, a widower whose wife Cassandra Fields had died.  George Fields died about 1840 in Marion County, Tennessee, according to an affidavit made in 1889 by Polly Goins.

 

Sandell Goin Fields was remarried in Hamilton County to George Still about 1841.  He died about 1857, and she removed to Pope County, Illinois where three of her children lived.  She died there about 1878.

 

According to Polly Fields Goins, who was born about 1835, children born to George Fields and Casandra Fields were:

 

          John Fields                                                                            born about 1802

          Vilinta Fields                                                                         born about 1803

          Polly Fields                                                                            born about 1805

          Rhoda Fields                                                                          born about 1807

          Issippi Fields                                                                          born about 1809

          Corzania [Casandra] Fields                                                   born about 1812

          James Fields                                                                            born about 1815

          Riley Fields                                                                            born about 1818

          Martin Fields                                                                            born about 1822

 

Children born to George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still include:

 

          Allen Still                                                                         born about 1843

          Andrew Still                                                                      born about 1845

          Elizabeth Still                                                                    born about 1849

 

Polly Fields, daughter of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1805.  She was married to Nathan Goins about 1822.

 

Rhoda Fields, daughter of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1807.  She was married about 1835 to Henry Goins.  Henry Goins was born in Tennessee, according to his 1880 census enumeration of Pope County, Illinois.  Henry Goins served in the Thirty-seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Company G, during the Civil War, according to Imani Kea Greene.  Henry Goins was remarried to Zana Harper.

 

Children born to Henry Goins and Rhoda Fields Goins, in Kentucky, according to Imani Kea Greene, include:

 

          Thomas Goins                                                            born about 1837

          William Goins                                                            born about 1839

          Sarah Goins                                                                 born about 1841

          Mary Goins                                                                  born about 1843

          Ruth Goins                                                                  born about 1846

 

Issippi Fields, daughter of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1809.  She was married about 1826 to Calvin Bolin.

 

Cassandra Fields, daughter of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1812.  She was married to James Goins about 1830.

 

Martin Fields, son of George Fields and Cassandra Fields, was born about 1822.  He was married about 1845 to Cythianna Goins, daughter of Preston Goins and Betsy McGill Goins of Hamilton County.

 

Children born to Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields include:

 

          Tennessee Fields                                                    born in 1870

          Jeanie Fields                                                          born about 1871

          James Fields                                                          born about 1876

          Julia Fields                                                            born about 1878

 

Tennessee Fields, daughter of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields, was born in 1870.

 

Jeanie Fields, daughter of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields, was born about 1871.

 

James Fields, son of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields, was born about 1876.

 

Julia Fields, daughter of Martin Fields and Cynthianna Goins Fields, was born about 1878.

 

Allen Still, son of George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still, was born about 1843.  About 1862, his family removed to Pope County, Illinois, perhaps to escape the Civil War.

 

Andrew Still, son of George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still, was born about 1845.  At about age 17, his family removed to Pope County, Illinois.

 

Elizabeth Still, daughter of George Still and Sandell Goins Fields Still, was born about 1849.  She was married about 1866 to Carter Goins.

 

Thomas “Shade” Goins was born in Tennessee about 1805 to John [James?] Goins and Rhoda Duncan Goins, according to information supplied to the Dawes Commission by Calvin Goins, suggested as their son, who made Application No. 19529 on the Miller Rolls.  He was married about 1830 to Orpha Helton, daughter of Harmon Helton and Sarah Morgan Helton.

 

Barbara Mason, a descendant of Mineral Wells, Texas referred to Thomas Goins as “Shade Goins.”  J. M. Morley suggests that Thomas Goins and “Shade Goins” were kinsmen, both of whom were married to Orpha Helton.  She was a sister to Charity Helton who was married to Sanford Goins.

 

Thomas Goins was enumerated as the head of Household 747, Page 843 in the 1850 census of Hamilton County.  The family was rendered as:

 

          "Goins,                Thomas          45, born in TN, farmer, illiterate

                                       Orpha            38, born in Tennessee, illiterate

                                       Ann               19, born in Tennessee

                                       Elizabeth      17, born in Tennessee

                                       Charity          14, born in Tennessee

                                       Delila             18, born in Tennessee

                                       Joshua            10, born in Tennessee

                                       Mary                 7, born in Tennessee

                                       Nancy               6, born in Tennessee

                                       Rebecca            4, born in Tennessee

                                       Molinda            1, born in Tennessee

                                       Calvin          8/12, born in Tennessee"

 

"Thomas Goin" reappeared as the head of a household in the 1860 census of adjoining Bledsoe County, Tennessee, House­hold 453-453:

 

          "Goin,        Thomas          62, born in Tennessee, laborer, illiterate

                             Orpha             40, born in unknown, illiterate

                             Joshua            21, born in Tennessee, farm laborer

                             Nancy             17, born in Tennessee

                             Rebecca         15, born in Tennessee

                             Molina           13, born in Tennessee

                             Isabel               8, born in Tennessee

                             Matilda            7, born in Tennessee

                             Malisa              4, born in Tennessee

                             Sarah                 1, born in Tennessee"

 

"Thomas Gowen, mulatto [or Melungeon]," believed to be Thomas Goins above, appeared as the head of a household in the 1870 census of Cannon County, Tennessee, Household No. 146-147, Civil District 6 on July 8, 1870.  The family, living at Woodbury, Tennessee, was recorded as:

 

          "Gowen,              Thomas          70, born in Tennessee, mulatto,

                                                                     farmer, illiterate

                                       Orpha             60, born in Tennessee, illiterate,

                                                                     mulatto

                                       Rebecca         26, born in Tennessee, illiterate,

                                                                    mulatto

                                       Puss              24, born in Tennessee, illiterate,

                                                                    mulatto

                                       Isabel            18, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       Matilda         17, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       Riley               7, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       Malissa         15, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       Sarah             11, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       Jane                6, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       John                4, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       Elly                 3, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       Calvin            3/12, born in Tennessee, mulatto

                                       Cissy [?]       3/12, born in Tennessee,

mulatto"

 

In 1880 Orpha Helton Goins was enumerated as "white" and was living with a daughter and her children, all of whom were listed as "Indian."

 

Children born to Thomas Goins and Orpha Helton Goins in­clude:

 

          Ann Goins                                                                   born about 1830

          Delila Goins                                                                born about 1832

          Elizabeth Goins                                                           born about 1833

          Charity Goins                                                               born about 1836

          Joshua Goins                                                                born about 1840

          Mary Goins                                                                   born about 1843

          Nancy Goins                                                                born about 1844

          Rebecca Goins                                                             born about 1846

          Molinda "Puss" Goins                                                 born about 1848

          Calvin Goins                                                                born about 1849

          Isabel Goins                                                                   born about 1852

          Matilda Goins                                                              born about 1853

          Malissa Goins                                                               born about 1855

          Sarah Goins                                                                   born about 1859

          Jane Goins                                                                   born about 1864

          John Goins                                                                   born about 1866

          Calvin Goins                                                                born about 1870

          Cissy Goins                                                                   born about 1870

 

Ann Goins, daughter of Thomas Goins and Orpha Helton Goins, was born about 1820.  She was recorded as a 19-year-old in the 1850 census of her father’s household.

 

Delila Goins, daughter of Thomas Goins and Orpha Helton Goins, was born about 1832.

 

Elizabeth Gons, daughter of Thomas Goins and Orpha Helton Goins, was born about 1833.

 

Charity Goins, daughter of Thomas Goins and Orpha Helton Goins, was born about 1836.

 

Joshua Goins, son of Thomas Goins and Orpha Helton Goins, was born about 1840.

 

Isabel Goins, daughter of Thomas Goins and Orpha Helton Goins, was born about 1852.  She appeared in the 1870 census of her father's household at age 18. 

 

Matilda Goins, daughter of Thomas Goins and Orpha Helton Goins, was born about 1853.  She appeared as a 17-year-old "mulatto" in the 1870 census enumeration of her father's household of Coffee County, Tennessee.  Sara Goins, family researcher of Dunlap, Tennessee, wrote February 1, 1997 that she and Moses Easterly Walker were parents of some children, however, "they each married someone else."

 

On June 24, 1908, she gave a statement to the U. S. Court of Claims, according to "Cherokee by Blood" compiled by Jerry Wright Jordan:

 

"My name is Matilda Goins; I am acquainted with Benjamin F. Goins; I am a second cousin to Benjamin F. Goins; he gets Indian blood through his mother; his mother's name was Rachel Goins; I think she was born in Hamilton County, Tennessee. in about 1837; she claimed her Indian blood through both her father and mother; her father's name was Granville Goins; her mother's name was Polly Goins; Granville Goins was born in Grainger County, Tennessee.  I do not know where Polly Goins was born; I never heard that the mother of Benjamin Goins or any of the ancestors through whom he claims his Indian blood were ever enrolled; I never heard of them receiving any money, land or other benefits.  In 1851, the mother of Benjamin Goins lived in Hamilton County, Tennessee.  I do not know why she was never enrolled; neither the mother or any of the ancestors through whom he claims were ever held as slaves; Granville Goins had an Indian name; I do not remember what his Indian name was; he was nearly a full blood Cherokee and spoke the Cherokee language; Granville Goins was a member of the Cherokee tribe; he lived with the Cherokee Indians in Hamilton County.  When they moved to the west, he went with them, but returned in a short time and settled in Tennessee.  He went but a short distance with the Indians.  I am an applicant for participation in this fund. 

 

                                                Matilda "X" Goins

                                                Dayton, Tennessee, June 24, 1908."

 

In the 1880 census Matilda Goins is enumerated as "Indian" with her seven-year-old son, John Lee Goins.

 

Children born to Moses Easterly Walker and Matilda Goins include:

 

          John Lee Goins                                                  born about 1873

          Mary Goins                                                        born about 1876