Tamer Jane Mullins Tinsley Elliott Goodman 

Jane Goodman was the key to unlocking the mystery of James Mullins, the Civil War soldier buried at Pittsburg Cemetery. While researching James I found additional information about Jane and I wanted to share it since Jane still has direct descendants here in Laurel County. Jane and some of those descendants are discussed in the book A History of the Families of Joyce Baker and William "Junior" Carson: The Baker Side by Sharon K. Carson and Joyce Baker Carson. Pages 46-50 discuss this family. I will review some of the same information in that book but I mainly want to discuss things that are not in the book. Although both names Tamar/Tamer/Tamor and Jane are found on records I will usually refer to her as Jane.

Tamar Jane Mullins was born in Kentucky in January, 1855 according to her death certificate. The informant was her son S. D. Goodman. The year 1855 matches the year of birth on two census reports 1870 and 1900. She was listed as age 22 in 1880 and age 41 in 1910. She was born in Rockcastle County according to her third marriage bond. In 1870 Tamer J. Mullins was living in District 1 of Rockcastle County in the household of Stephen Crews. Stephen was a 30 year old black man who worked in the saw mill. The other members of that household were Elizabeth M. Crews (age 6), Louisa S. Crews (age 3), Bettie Crews (age 14), Richard Thomas (age 2), Nancy Mullins (age 50) and Peter Mullins (age 25). All members of that household were listed as black except Tamer J. who was a mulatto. The 1870 census does not provide relationships so we do not know if any of these people were related. My theory is that Elizabeth and Louisa were the children of Stephen. Peter and Tamer were the children of Nancy but that is just a guess. I am not even going to guess about Bettie Crews and Richard Thomas. Presumably Stephen's wife had died and Nancy Mullins was living there to care for the children and home. There was a question mark listed in the occupation column for Nancy, Tamer and Bettie.

On page 48 of their book, the Carsons mentioned they suspected that Robert Tinsley was Jane's first husband. They were correct. On December 23, 1873, Tamer Jane Mullins married Robert Tinsley in Rockcastle County. (Marriage Book 2, pages 2-3 11/8) Peter Mullins provided the surety. Stephen Crews and James Mullins were the witnesses. John Middleton performed the ceremony. They were married at the home of S. Stephenson. Robert Tinsley was from Knox County. He is found on the 1870 Knox census report living in household 138-3-3 at Flat Lick in January Tinsley's home.

In 1880 Robert (age 23) and Jane Tinsley (age 22) were living in household 199-202 in Rockcastle County. They had two sons John H. Tinsley (age 5) and James W. Tinsley (age 3). Two children Alice Mize (age 9) and Anner Mize (age 7) were listed in their household as boarders. Robert's occupation was engineer. All members of the household were listed as mulatto. Peter Mullins and James S. Mullins were their neighbors.

I am not sure if Peter's occupation as engineer was for the railroad or mining. I believe they moved to Laurel County in 1882 when the mine opened at Altamont. I know Robert was living at Altamont in April 1885 when he died. The April 10, 1885, issue of The Mountain Echo reported, "Altamont, Ky.: Our town lost one of its best colored citizens last week of pneumonia, whose name was Robert Tinsley."

Jane Tinsley married Jeff Elliot August 18, 1887, in Laurel County. (Marriage Book M, page 471) Presumably Jane was widowed again because Jane Tamor Elliot married Simon Goodman on December 20, 1896, in Laurel County. They were bonded (Marriage Bond Book CC, page 138) and obtained their license on December 17, 1896. (Marriage Register Book PP, pages 248-49) The minister or the clerk mistakenly wrote November 20 instead of December 20 on the Minister's Return.

We find the Goodman family on the 1900 and 1910 Laurel County census reports. In 1920 Jane and Sampson Goodman were living at Flat Lick in Knox County with Jane's daughter Lula Riley. Their son Sampson was also living there. Simon Goodman died March 9, 1920, in Knox County. Jane returned to Laurel County and was the head of the East Bernstadt household 26/26 in 1930. Her granddaughter Ola Tinsley and Ola's two children resided with her. Her daughter Lula was two households away. Jane died April 19, 1930, in Laurel County.

Jane had the following children:

1. John H. Tinsley born 1875

2. James W. Tinsley born 1877; married Bettie Spencer Oct. 17, 1897, in Laurel County. (Marriage Book CC, pages 145-146)

3. Cleo Tinsley born August 1881

4. George Stepheson Tinsley born April, 1884; died 1937 in Lynch, Harlan County. (This information came from his death certificate which was almost illegible on Ancestry.com.)

5. Lula Elliot born March 4, 1891; married Fred Riley; died April 3, 1957; buried Pittsburg Cemetery. (The Carsons provide information on this family on pages 51-57).

6. Roy Jefferson Elliott born July 25, 1892; first married Florence Baker January 17, 1915, in Laurel County; second married Nellie B. Gilbert; died July 28, 1969; buried Pittsburg Cemetery. The Carsons provide information on his family on pages 26-27 & 37-38.

7. Sampson Dewey Goodman born July 4, 1899 in Laurel County; married Mary in Allegheny Pennsylvania prior to 1930. He and Mary were living in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1930. January 39, 1943, he married Flora M. Thomas, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Sampson died March 1972.

I know very little about the three oldest children. Presumably two of them had died by 1910 since Jane states on that census report that two of her seven children had died. On that report she has two grandchildren living with her - Ernest Tinsley and Ola ___ who were both nine years of age. Since the children were the same age but had different last names I assume Ernest was the son of John or James and Ola was Cleo's daughter. Ola Tinsley married Roy Jackson November 19, 1921, in Laurel. Her parents' names were given as Cleo and Tom Tinsley. I believe her father's surname was the surname she had on the 1910 census report. That name is difficult to read on the original and has been transcribed at least three ways: Luser/Luher/Lewer. The middle letter appeared to be a tall letter more like an h. When I checked local records I could not find any names that matched any of those spellings. He had probably come to this area to work on the railroad or mines. Ola used the surname Tinsley most of her life so her parents may not have married. I could not find a local marriage record for Cleo. The Carsons discuss Ola Tinsley on page 49 in their book. Apparently the family was unclear about Ola's relationship to the family.

If you are interested in reading more about Jane's family a copy of the book A History of the Families of Joyce Baker and William "Junior" Carson: The Baker Side is located in our library.

The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 West 3rd Street in the old Health Department Building. We are open on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will open on other days by appointment. Please contact us far enough in advance to schedule a volunteer to open the library. You may contact the Laurel County Historical Society by calling 606-864-0607 or e-mail us at lchistsoc@windstream.net (The first character is a lower case L as in Laurel.)

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