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Re: Civil War query
In Response To: Re: Civil War query ()
A little more research:
1860 census: Bern Twp, Athens Co. Ohio Mulatto, age 39 born in Va.
Achilles, 11 male, mulatto, born in Va.
Jenny F, 9 female, mulatto, born in Va.
Izaac? sp? 6, male, mulatto, born in Ohio
Henretta, 4, female, mulatto, born in Ohio
Amanda J, 2, female, mulatto, born in Ohio
1880 Census: Bern Twp, Athens Co. Ohio
Walter Goins, 62, Black, born abt. 1818 in Va., Farmer
Thancy or Nancy Goins, 48, wife, born in Va.
Lawrence, son, 16, born in Ohio
Silas, 18 son, born in Ohio
Sherman,son 16, born in Ohio
Riley, son 14, born in Ohio
Lewis, son 12, born in Ohio
Crosten?? Eva, stepdaughter 16, born in Ohio
You can make some general suppositions from these two-and it gives you avenues to verify or deny. First, that Walter moved to Ohio with his wife approximately between 1851 and 1854 when the last child was born in Va. and the first one in Ohio. Second supposition, that his first wife died sometime between 1860 and 1864, possibly at childbirth if Sherman and Lawrence are twins from the first wife. Since there was another child within two years, (as well as the second wife also having a 16 year old child) he may have remarried while the boys were infants, to a woman in a similar situation. As an aside, a nearby neighbor is Wilson Goings, age 65, wife and three adult children, all born in Virginia. Given the age, he may be a close relative-or even father.
Given the time frame of move to Ohio, Walter may have been the descendant of a Revolutionary War soldier who received a land bounty in Ohio. Those Virginia bounties are at least partially posted on the Virginia archives site.
Since he was in Ohio after the war, I would also check for birth and death records of the children, GAR records, etc.
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