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George W. Joines

& family

“He has suffered many dea"s, but he has borne it all wi" a Ch$%ian fo&itude "at become" ' Saints of God.”

– Pulaski Citizen, upon his death in 1908

The Joines Family of Giles County, Tenn. By Claudia Kay Johnson

Linage Through Joines Family Thomas Joines, ca. 1785 - 1865, married Julie Ann ___, 1800-1870, ca. 1817 George Washington Joines, March 18, 1822 – Feb. 21, 1908, married Elizabeth Keltner, March 4, 1826 – Nov. 11, 1886, ca. 1843 Julia Ann Joines, 1/2/1845 – 2/22/1924, married Robert James Carville, Jun 9, 1846 - Jul 11, 1924, on Sept. 18, 1865 (spelling changed later to Carvell) Their son, Robert Ammett Carvell, 11/25/76-7/9/1960, married Cora Lee Ball, 2/23/81-7/2/1956, on Jan 2, 1900 They were the parents of Dewey, RA, CL, Tonnie, Grady, Annie, Vera, Dana and Sadie. This information has been compiled over the last decade by Claudia Kay Johnson, a descendant of G.W. Joines through two daughters, Cynthia Joines Owen and Julia Ann Joines Carvell. I created a similar, smaller version of this document several years ago, which has found its way to the internet in a draft form. I have corrected many mistakes, and I now believe this document to be correct. I will expand it with verified submitted information. Please discard the original document I provided. This information in this form is not for sale or reproduction without my permission. My official version is published online at Contact me at Copyright 2015, Claudia Johnson, all rights reserved.

Thomas Joines and Julie Ann of Giles County, Tenn. In the 1850 Census, Thomas, 65, is listed as having $800 worth of real estate. By 1860 Thomas had real estate valued at $2,000 and $500 in personal property. He states in both Census records he was born in Maryland. Thomas' will is dated Jan. 23, 1865. It was proven in September 1865. A Thomas Joines served as a drummer in Benton’s 2nd Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, in the War of 1812. If this is so, he would have relocated from Maryland, possibly by way of N. C., in time to serve in Tennessee. Some researchers have attributed a War of 1812 record for a Thomas Jones of Maryland to Thomas Joines of Tennessee. Multiple records exist for proving that a Thomas Joines spent his service as a Tennessee Volunteer. These records are in Roll Box 112, M602. Julie Ann Joines, wife of Thomas, answered census records for 1850 and 1860 that she was born in 1800. In the 1870 Census she stated that both her parents were foreign born and that she was born in North Carolina. However, she reported having been born in N.C. in the 1850 Census but in Pennsylvania in the 1860 Census. Just before her death in 1870, the Census entry indicates she was born around 1793. If that is true, she gave birth to her last child, Denitha Ann, at age 46-48, which seems unlikely. This daughter married M.A. Beal. In the 1900 Census Denitha, who was living with her husband and sons, Thomas and Benjamin, in Lauderdale County, Ala., stated that her father was born in Maryland and her mother in N. C. In addition to George W. Joines, whose life is explored extensively in this book, Thomas and Julie Ann also had a daughter named Amanda Adelaide (Nov. 6, 1833-1908), who married Henry Warren Lucy (Jan. 27, 1832 - Aug. 26, 1921) in Aug. 19, 1858, in Giles County, Tenn. Julia in 1870 had real estate valued at $660, but she resided in the home of Amanda and Henry Lucy. In the 1880 and 1900 Census, Amanda answered that her father was born in Maryland and her mother in N. C. Julia (known as Julie Ann) died before February of 1871, when the sale of her estate was held. After Julie Ann’s death, the Lucy family relocated to Missouri. They had 10 children, two daughters and eight sons. Virginia, Wm. Thomas, James Houston, Cicero H. and Ozero C. (twins), Elizabeth, Monroe, Robert S., Melvin P., called "Jake" and Ted L. Lucy. Julie Ann may be buried along with her son and his wives at the Joines/Shrader Cemetery 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Giles Co., Tenn. near Minnow Branch, Campbellsville, Tenn. Unfortunately, a beautiful marker someone erected in the Carvell Cemetery, also on Minnow Branch, during the 20th century incorrectly confuses Julie Ann Joines with her granddaughter, Julie Ann Joines Carvell, creating an incorrect assumption that the elder Joines lived to be more than 100 years old.

Thomas Joines’s purchase of 40 acres of land for $165 on Bradshaw Creek 1823 was a portion of a 5,000-acre tract granted to Martin Armstrong by the state of North Carolina by grant No 29. This Nov. 22, 1823, purchase was registered in Deed Book G, p. 226, Giles Co., Tenn., May 23, 1827.

1830 U.S. Federal Census, Giles Co., Tenn.

1840 U.S. Federal Census, Giles Co., Tenn.

This document is about a land deal between Thomas Joines and David Roper regarding property on Big Creek and was registered in Giles County Oct. 22, 1845.

Thomas Joines’ Giles County, Tenn., Land Survey, 1847

Thomas Joines Grist Mill was at the corner of what is now Tennessee Highways 166 and 245 just north of Campbellsville, Giles County, Tenn.

Aug. 24, 1872, Pulaski Citizen, advertised the sale of Thomas Joinesʼ property and mill. M. E. Alexander lived on the property and operated the mill later.

Thomas Joines’ Giles County, Tenn., Land Survey, 1854

1850 U.S. Federal Census, Giles Co., Tenn.

This is a description of the 14th District provided by the 1850 Census taker, John McGrew

The 7th District

Located in south west Middle Tennessee. The “...district beginning on the southern boundary of the State on the Congressional Reservation Line; thence north with the same, to a point equi-distant from said southern boundary line, to a point due east from the town of Columbia on said line, and from that point thus ascertained a due west course to the Tennessee River; thence up said river to the beginning: which shall be called the Seventh District. And the surveyor’s office shall be kept at Pulaski, in the County of Giles... ”

The 8th District

Located in south west Middle Tennessee. The “...district shall consist of that tract of country, lying south and west of the Congressional Reservation Line, and north of the Seventh District, and east of the Tennessee River; which shall be called the Eighth District, and the surveyor’s office therefore shall be kept at Columbia in the County of Maury.” The north boundary of this district is, for the most part, the Military Line,

Entry for 25 acres of land on behalf of Thomas Joines, Sept. 27, 1850, Giles County, on the waters of Big Creek.

Entry for “4 acres and 87 poles” acres of land on behalf of Thomas Joines, March. 11, 1856, Giles County, in the 14th Civil District, range 1, section 2 of former surveyorʼs district 8.

Will of Thomas Joines

Thomas Joines’ Will Probated

1870 U.S. Federal Census, Giles Co., Tenn.

Julie Ann Joins shows up in The Henry and Amanda Lucy household since her husband has died. This age of 77 is incorrect. Other Census consistently show her birth year to be 1800. She died the following year.

Estate settlement sale of Julia Joines, widow of Thomas Joines

The PULASKI CITIZEN dated March 21, 1871, noted that Julia Ann Joines, “Died last week of pneumonia, Julia Joins, a very good and pious old lady.” Obviously, her estate sale was before this, so news must have traveled slowly between Minnow Branch and Pulaski. Indicates what was bought by son George W. at the sale. Note that Julia Ann lived with the H. W. Lucy family (daughter Amanda) before her death. As in most estate sales of simple folk, her feather beds brought the most money. D.L. Joines, who may have been her son or nephew, was also a Confederate Veteran and later moved to Texas. M. A. Beal was married to Thomasʼ and Juliaʼs daughter, Deminta or Denethia Ann.


George W. Joines, above, was born March 18, 1822, and died Feb. 21, 1908, in Giles County. His date of death has been misprinted in numerous sources, but the PULASKI CITIZEN published Feb. 27, 1908, indicated the correct date in two separate articles. George W. was the son of Thomas Joines, who was born ca. 1785 and married Julia Ann (last name unknown). George W. first married to Elizabeth Keltner, above, (March 4, 1826 – Nov. 11, 1886) daughter of Emmanuel Keltner and Nelly Pernina Musgraves (or Musgrove) Keltner. Both her parents were born ca. 1785. The great-grandson of German immigrant Michael Keltner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733, Emmanuel and his father, Henry Keltner Jr., moved from Virginia, where the Keltners had been since the mid-1700s, to Giles County around 1810. In the 1860 census George W. Joines is listed as a farmer with personal property valued at $250. The census states that all members of his household were born in Tennessee. It lists his age as 35 and his wife’s as 30, which does not correspond with other information the family has. However, census-takers were known to make mistakes. In the 1870 Giles County, Tenn., Census George W. is listed as a farmer and stonemason with $1,540 in real estate and $1,370 of personal property. He and Elizabeth still resided in Giles during the 1880 Census. In 1900 the widowed George W. lives in the home of his granddaughter, Nellie, and her husband J.B. Carvell along with their children Reedie and Robert.

1860 U.S. Federal Census, Giles Co., Tenn.

In 1860 G. W. Joines owned no real estate and had $250 in personal property.

Marriages of Joines Children – all Giles County, Tenn.

George W. Joines !

Joines must have been pronounced “Jines” for many decades. As late as the 1990s a great grandson of G.W. still said it that way.

After Elizabeth died George married Nancy P. Hewitt on March 10, 1890. Born May 24, 1831, she was the daughter of K & D Hewitt. She died Aug. 5, 1899.

Emmanuel Joines visits from Texas

PULASKI CITIZEN, Aug. 24, 1871, G.W. Joins appointed guardian of Wm. Pillow’s orphans. In 1878 his family made the news in a more dramatic manner, a stabbing on his property.

Fatally Stabbed

It is our painful duty to announce the death of Reuben Duncan by the hand of Walk Thurman on Wed., May 15, 1878, at the house of Geo. W. Joins, about half way between Campbellsville and Lynnville. Our Campbellsville correspondent, J.J. Zuccarello, gives a full statement of the unfortunate affair to which we refer. (CITIZEN editor)


- May 23, 1878, Pulaski Citizen

Stabbing At Minnow Branch

Pulaski Citizen Report by J.J. Zuccarello Again, yes, again, it becomes our painful duty to chronicle the twice-told story of the last ten months. A quarrel, a contest, a death. On the evening of the 15th, about 8 or 9 o’clock, Reuben Duncan received a stab from the handle of R.W. (Riley Walker) Thurman, which resulted in death at 5 o’clock next morning. It was about 3 or 3 1/2 miles from here in the horse lot of George Joins. It seems that they had been engaged in a game of cards previous to the time of the affray, probably on Saturday night before, and had had some misunderstanding. It was first brought about in this manner: the young Pettys (neighbor boys) went over to Joins after their mules, which had gotten out. They came in contact with young Joins and young Petty accosted him about something. They were getting into a difficulty, and when the old man Joins went to the lot to stop it, young Thurman was out there. Duncan (who was the son-in-law of Joins) George’s daughter Nancy Joines was sitting in the hall of Joins’ house, and (Duncan) Henson Died in Texas, 1912 hearing the quarrel at the lot, he got up Mrs. Nancy Henson passed away Aug. 27, 1912, in Grimes and remarked that he (Duncan) would go out there and knock County, Mesia [sic], Texas. She died after several weeks of illness. Mrs. Henson was born in Tenn., Dec. 5, 1855. She Thurman’s brains out with a rail. He went out there against the was a devout Christian having joined the Cumberland entreaty of his mother-in-law, and when he got there struck Presbyterian Church early in life. Her Christian deeds were Thurman twice before knocking him down. He then jumped on many; always ready to extend a helping hand to the weak and suffering. She was the mother of twelve children. Her him and was beating him when Thurman stabbed him twice, first husband and nine children survive her. Her many relatives just under the point of the shoulder blade, then in the chest just at and friends will mourn her absence and in that home where she dwelt so long her place can ne'er be filled - an industrious the point of the breast where they were connected to the God-fearing and loving wife and mother. She lived her life breastbone, cutting the fifth rib into. They were then separated and as she bore her last illness - patient and trusting. May the hearts that were made sad by her death be lighter by the Duncan carried to the house, where he died as above stated. thought of her Christian life here, which has won her a crown Duncan weighed about 160 pounds, Thurman 120. Duncan’s knife of glory and peace in that Great City of light beyond the skies. was in his hand half open when he was taken off Thurman. Duncan leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. A Friend. Thurman was unmarried. Thurman has left the country, yet public sentiment is in his favor. He was working at the carpenter’s trade and at the time was working on Joins’ house. He told Mrs. Joins that he was very sorry for what he had done, and when he left he went to the door and asked how Duncan was. He is about 19 years old. Nevertheless, a disturbed mind and a sad heart will be his constant companion. Once more we are lead to exclaim, “How long, O how long will the evil one be permitted to commit his ravages upon our community? When shall the work of reformation begin with earnestness and zeal in the hearts of men? In conclusion we will say, may He whose ways are past finding out but says that all things shall work together for good to them that love God, sanctify this sad dispensation to the good of the families and to the good of all.” - May 23, 1878, Pulaski Citizen NOTE: In the 1870 Census I have found all the parties involved and identified Thurman and Petty homes on the 1878 D.G. Beers map of

Giles County in the vicinity described in the CITIZEN. However, I cannot find the Joines property, though from this account G.W. Joins still owned the property listed in what would have been the 13th District at the time of the census. Thurman came back, married a neighbor and lived in the community until his death in 1938 at age 80. In the 1880 census Nancy, 24, and her five children were listed in the home of George W. and Elizabeth. In 1881 Reuben C. Duncan’s widow, Nancy Joins Duncan, married John D. Henson. The census lists the next-door neighbors as being the Hensons, with an 18-year-old son, John. Sometime between May 1894 and June 1895, the Hensons along with the Duncan and Henson children moved to Texas.

George Washington and Elizabeth Keltner Joines had 11 children

Julia Ann Joines, 1/2/1845 - 2/22/1924, married Robert James Carvell, 1/2/1845-7/11/1924, on 9/18/1865; both were born, married and died in Giles Co., TN.; buried – Carvell Cemetery, Giles Co., TN. Their son, Robert A. Carvell, (11/25/76-7/9/1960) married Cora Lee Ball (2/23/81-7/2/1956). They were the parents of Dewey, RA, CL, Tonnie, Grady, Annie, Vera, Dana and Sadie Carvell. Infant of George and Elizabeth, born and ! died 1875

Cynthia Joines, 5/11/1853, - 4/17/1927, married William Lafayette Owen, 7/16/1845 – 5/22/1921, on Dec. 26, 1871; both were born, married and died in Giles Co., TN. Buried – Lynnwood Cemetery, Giles Co., TN. Their children were Milton Aaron, Pizzaro Washington, Cove Lafayette, Thomas Edition, Hettie Ann and Solon Ozro. Mary Catherine Joines, b. 9/7/1846 Giles Co, TN; d. 12/28/1919, Travis Co., TX; married William Porter Thurman, b. 7/19/1846, Giles Co., TN – d. 2/19/1931 Travis Co., TX, on 10/1/1868, Giles Co., TN; buried – Manor Cemetery, Travis Co., TX.

Nelly Pernina Joines, b. 5/5/1851, Giles Co., TN – supposedly 7/11/1902 Giles Co., TN, married 1/27/1869, Giles Co., TN, to James K. Polk Hewitt, b. ca. 1845, TN –????. (I cannot find anything about these people that I can PROVE after 1880 Census.)

Readie Thurman, William Porter Thurman and Mary Catherine (Joines) Thurman. credit: Carol Sue Gibbs


Georgia Ella Forrest Joines, 3/23/1865 - 9/4/1928, married on 7/4/1880, Robert H. Shrader, 2/26/1859 – 7/25/1942; both were born, married and died in Giles Co., TN. Buried – Lynnwood Cemetery, Giles Co., TN.

Nancy A. Joines, b. 12/5/1855, Giles Co., TN – d. 8/27/1912, Grimes Co., TX; buried – Lake Grove Cemetery, Grimes Co., TX. #1 Married on 10/17/1870 to Rueben C. Duncan, b. 3/27/1851, Giles Co., TN – 4/5/1878 Giles Co., TN. #2 Married on 4/24/1881 to John Daniel Henson, b. 4/1861 in AL – d. after 1930 in TX.

General Andrew Joines, b. 1/11/1850, died before 1860, Giles Co., TN.; buried –Joines Cemetery, Giles Co., TN. Rufus Joines, 10/15/1857- 1859 Giles Co., TN; buried – Joines Cemetery, Giles Co., TN.

Emmanuel Thomas Joines

William Lee Joines

Emmanuel Thomas Joines, b. 8/19/1848 Giles Co., TN - 9/13/1925, Jackson Co., TX, married on 7/27/1870, Giles Co., TN, to Henrietta Thurman, b. 4/1/1851, Giles Co., TN - 8/27/34, d. Harris Co., TX; buried – Palacios Cemetery, Matagorda Co., TX. William Lee Joines, b. 3/8/1859, Giles Co., TN – d. 7/2/1934, Hungerford, Wharton Co., TX; buried – Wharton Cemetery, Wharton Co., TX. #1 married 7/14/1881 Nancy Malinda Ada, 11/10/1862-12/27/1896, Giles Co., TN. #2 married 7/28/1906 Mattie Alice Goates, 2/28/1891-2/7/28/1919, Giles Co., TN)

Emmanuel Thomas Joines

Texas Joines men working in hay field

1878 D.G. Beers map of Giles County


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