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The Oscar C. Goins Family


Oscar C. Goins, farmer, Spring Place, Murray Co., was born in Grainger County, Tenn., Feb. 24, 1830. In 1833 his parents moved to Hamilton County, in that state, and settled on a farm among the Cherokee Indians. There Mr. Goins resided until he was sixteen years old, and received his education in such schools as Hamilton County then offered its youth. His father died when he was eleven and the management of the farm fell to him. He moved to Chattanooga when he was sixteen and engaged as a clerk in a mercantile house where he remained for thirteen years. In 1858 he married Esther Reynolds, a daughter of Anderson Reynolds of Chattanooga. He established a grocery and supply house which he ran until the commencement of the war when he entered the Confederate service, enlisting in Co. B, Nineteenth Tenn. regiment, Col. J.C. Cummins. He was commissioned Lieutenant and was engaged in many of the battles of the Western Campaign including the fall of Vicksburg. In the winter of 1863-64 he was ordered home due to sickness and was obliged to retire. He settled in Chattanooga where he engaged as a traveling salesman.

In 1873 he settled in Murray County, Ga., near Spring Place, on the plantation formerly owned by Chief Vann. He developed this estate into a beautiful productive farm.

Note that this was written in 1895 from "Memoirs of Georgia "pub. 1895.

 



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