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GOINS Surname - Florida

In researching my Kelsey line, I came across the surname Goins [in Florida]. Here is what I have been able to verify through census and other records:

Mary ? [1883] married Frederic Goins 1879]. They had the following children: Carrie [1899]; Loomis [1908]; Elbert [1909]; Olice R [1913].

On the 1920 census, William Kelsey shows up in Pinellas County, Florida living with Mary Goins and her children. Also on that census record is William Kelsey's 19-year-old daughter, Pearl Kelsey [daughter of William and Venus Rainey].

I have no documentation to show whether the marriages between any of these parties was common-law or otherwise. It seems to me, though, that William Kelsey abandoned his wife, Venus Rainey Kelsey in Georgia, and showed up in Florida as the husband of Mary Goins. This is speculation on my part, to be sure.

Does anyone have any of these individuals in their family tree? Thanks for reading this post. Spivey


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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