Tennessee – Rhea County

From Gowen Manuscript:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms114.htm


Martha Goin was married March 3, 1842 to James H. Dun, according to “Rhea County, Tennessee Marriages, 1808-1850.”
Miller Goin, negro was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Rhea County, Enumeration District 87, page 12, Civil District 13:

“Goin, Miller 58, born in 1842 in TN,
Tilda 50, born in 1850 in TN
Cora W. 19, born in April 1881 in
TN, daughter
Houston 6, born in January 1894 in
TN, son”
Creasman, Martha 28, born in August 1882 in
TN, sister-in-law
Edith May 1, born in June 1889 in
TN, niece
Rufus Goin, negro was enumerated as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Rhea County, Enumeration District 87, page 6, Civil District 6:

“Goin, Rufus 35, born in 1865 in TN, negro
Nancy 27, born in January 1873 in TN
William C. 12, born in January 1888 in TN
Hunter 10, born in July 1889 in TN
Mamie 4, born in December 1895 in TN
Dolly 2, born in May 1898 in TN”
Acie Goins was born in James County, Tennessee about 1880. He came to Graysville at an early age and married Sara Bolden. It was a second marriage for perhaps both of them. They had nine children plus some step-children.

Among children born to Acie Goins and Sarah Bolden Goins was:

Alvin Goins born September 14, 1903

Alvin Goins was the subject of an article written by Bennie McKenzie Fleming for “History of Rhea County, Tennessee” She wrote:

“Alvin Goins, a lifelong resident of Rhea County, was born Septem­ber 14, 1903, of Melungeon parentage in the Brown Rock section of Graysville, a sparsely popu­lated area on the road leading to Montague. This was the rural part of the county where most of the Melun­geons lived. Alvin was the youngest of about nine chil­dren and several half sib­lings.

His father was Acie Goins, who was born in James County and came to the Graysville community at an early age. He married Sara Bolden, whose family lived in the same area.

Alvin never learned to read or write because he was in­jured when he was kicked in the head at the age of five by a mule. This was confirmed by Mrs. Hazel Keith, a former teacher in the Graysville School. With no formal education, but apparently possessed with an innate abil­ity coupled with a passion for ciphering, he is consid­ered a mathematical genius.

He can perform a 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 can estimate the exact number of days that elapsed since then. Tested out by author Jean Patterson Bible from a tape recording she made when she interviewed him for her book about Melungeons, his figures were found to be correct down to the last digit.

Alvin worked in numerous lumber mills, one being in South Day­ton and from time to time on TVA projects. including Fontana Dam. When Oak Ridge was being developed, Alvin got a job there for a while with a sawmill company. It was said that he could accurately figure, in about five minutes, the amount of board feet of lumber on a truck loaded with logs: e.g., given the number of logs, length and width, he would tell you how many slabs to cut off. He was fired when they learned that he was illiterate.

Another story that Alvin remembers was when a brick building was being erected and for days the contractors were puzzled over the amount of brick to be ordered. Alvin, in a matter of minutes after being given the di­mensions of the building and number of windows and doors, told them the number of bricks required. Skepti­cally, the amount of bricks were ordered and when the building was completed, only three bricks were left over.

As a boy, Alvin explored the mountains about Graysville, as was typical of Melungeon youths at that time. He knew as he does today where all the coal out­croppings were and the entrance to all the mines, even those abandoned. He was once married to a “mail‑order bride” but the marriage lasted only a short time.

For the past several years, Alvin has frequented the Court House, especially the Trustee and Registrar of Deeds offices, counting Registrar Gladys Best one of his best friends since she reads and interprets his letters to him and he trusts her explicitly. He wears a heavy coat splattered with amber, which is his “office” as he keeps big packages of mail, some months old, secured by rubber bands in the numerous pockets. He never leaves home without wearing this coat, summer or winter.

The last of his original family, he lives alone in his pro­ject apartment in Dayton, his mind alert for his 86 years. He has several nieces who care for him when he allows them. He is very independent and completely honest. Alvin has not been well lately, hospitalized a few times in the past year. The last time he was transferred to the Rhea County Nursing Home, but after two weeks, he went back to his apartment. He says that neighbors and people in Dayton are kind and help him,. and he was not happy being confined.”
Arch Goins was recorded as the head of a household in the 1900 census of Rhea County, Enumeration District 86, page 3, Civil District 15:

“Goins, Arch 25, born in September 1874 in TN
Florence 16, born in 1884 in GA”
Asbury Goins, negro was enumerated as the head of a house-hold in the 1900 census, Enumeration District 87, page 13, Civil District 13:

“Goins, Asbury 23, born in January 1877 in TN
Vesta A. 20, born in November 1879 in TN
Clarence E. 9/12, born in August 1899, in TN”
Eliza Jane Goins was born in Dayton, Tennessee in 1909. She was married to William Henry Harrison who was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1870, and they lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee until 1956. They lived in Hamilton County, Ohio from 1956 until 1963.
Ike Goins was born in Rhea County, March 30, 1872, ac­cording to affidavit he made “to the public” May 4, 1938, which was recorded in Hopkins County, Texas Deed Book 147, page 133.

In the affidavit he stated that he had lived in Rhea County all his life and that he was married to Mary Rudd Price, the third child of Mrs. Jane Hard Rudd, as her second husband. She was previously divorced from Lee Price. Ike Goins and Mary Rudd Price Goins were married for 33 years before her death at age 58. No children were born to this union.

Ike Goins gave a quit claim deed to Haynes Construction Com­pany to land in Hopkins County February 10, 1941, ac­cording to Hopkins County Deed Book 147, page 137.
Jane Gowings was married to Finney Rawlins December 24, 1812, according to “Rhea County, Tennessee Marriages, 1808-1850.”


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