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Re: Civil War query
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Okay, then I assume the 1880 census Walker Goins, married to Mary-with children Lizzie, William, Mattie, Julie and 2 sons who are almost illegible ? Edmund and ? Milligan are the correct family? That would be my assumption when I compare the grave site. Again, though, they all have roots in Virginia. The 1900 census has three Goins households close to each other-John, Walker and William, who is the right age to be Walker's son. If John is another son-then he would have been born when Walker was very young-about 16
I also looked for either James or Walker on the 1890 Veteran's census, but only found a reference (for OHIO) to Randall W. Goins, colored,deceased of the 35th (may be 55th)Ohio volunteer infantry, service from 1861-1867, from Hillsboro, Ohio. Either way, there is an error of some sort. There is a Randall Goins who was in the 55th Ma., but that wasn't organized until June 1863. If he indeed joined the military in 1861, it would have been a white unit, and while not impossible, this was fairly rare.
I would definitely check the GAR records for Belmont County, and possibly the Soldiers Home records at Dayton-since I don't find him on the 1910 census, he may have been at the Soldier's home, or with another relative. Also check with Paul LaRue at the Washington CourtHouse High School, who has had students doing USCT research for several years now.