Alice Moriah “Marilla” <I>Goins</I> Bryan

Alice Moriah “Marilla” Goins Bryan

Bridle Creek, Grayson County, Virginia, USA
Death 5 Jan 1955 (aged 90)
Sparta, Alleghany County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Sparta, Alleghany County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 135994854 · View Source
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Alice Moriah (Goins) Bryan was born August 4, 1864 in Bridle Creek, Grayson County, Virginia.

The Stone has her name as Marilla Alice Bryan. Marilla may be a southern dialect of Moriah. The name Moriah means "God teaches". It is in the Bible.

She died January 5, 1955 in Gap Civil (now called Sparta), Alleghany County, North Carolina. The Stone has the death date of Jan 26, 1955

Her father was Albert Goins, born abt. 1815 in Grayson County, Virginia.

Alice Bryan’s mother was Dianah Goins, born abt. 1818 also in Grayson County, Virginia.

Albert Goins was a “Free Colored Person”, which means that he was not a slave.

His wife, Dianah Goins, however, was a slave, and it appears from the public record that Albert Goins worked for Dianah’s slave master, Isaac Garrison (1771-1860), and his son, David Garrison (1797-1887) of Grayson County in order to eventually set her free.

But the Civil War intervened, and the rest is history.

Alice Moriah Goins Bryan’s siblings were:

• Andrew C. Goins, born 1837, died 1926.
He married Ann Morning Blair Goins in 1864.

• Washington Goins, born 1839, died Unknown.
He married Nancy A. Anderson on Dec. 26, 1866.

• George Goins, born June 1852 or 1853, died Unknown.
He married Caroline Reeves Goins in 1882.

• Evaline Goins McCray, born abt. 1848, died Unknown.
She married James E. McCray on Dec. 23, 1869 in Grayson Co., VA.

• Martha Goins Williams, born abt. 1849, died Unknown.
She married John Nelson Williams on Jan. 16, 1872.

• Alice Goins, born 1856, died Nov. 10, 1866.

• Minerva Goins, born 1860, died Unknown.

Alice Moriah Goins Bryan married Jeff Bryan, born 1860, died in 1908, on Oct. 29, 1881 in Alleghany County, North Carolina.

• Stella Blanche Bryan Edwards, born Feb. 8, 1883, died Feb. 16, 1920.

• Willie Nevil Bryan, born Dec. 20, 1893, died April 25, 1964

• Robert Letcher Bryan, born Nov. 23, 1886, died Jan. 4, 1977

• Leonard Lucio Bryan, born 1888, died May 3, 1985.

For sources see:
1840 US Census, “Albert Geier”, Grayson Co., VA;
1850 US Census, Albert Goins, Grayson Co., VA;
1860 US Census, “Albert Gorris”, Grayson Co., VA;
1870 US Census, Albert Goins, Elk Creek, Grayson Co., VA; 1880 US Census, “Albert Goings”, Elk Creek, Grayson Co., VA.
All census reports are from
See also “North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994”,
“Alice Marier Bryan”, at; and “North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979, Jeff Bryan” at;
and the 1865 Grayson County, Virginia Colored Census in “Virginia Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872”, Digital Folder #4152454, Image 395 and Image 410, at

RESEARCH from FaG member Christopher Walker 48377626 on 11-20-2014 (Thanks Christopher!)

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