Looking at the ages and marriage records for these people, I think that the John Goff b. ~ 1871 listed as a son of Wily and Mollie Goff, is actually the William Lee you are looking for. William Lee was born according to most records in 1873. His parents were too young for him to have been born in 1862. William Lee married Candis Ellison in 1896 and they are listed with "Othaniel" in the e1900 census. I tried tracing John Goff b. ~1871 and everyone I found in TN was either with other parents in 1880 or was the wrong race.
Dear Jackie Shelby,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1860 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1870 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1880 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1890 Census; the Population Schedules for the 1900 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1910 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1920 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about William Lee (John) Goff, Candis Ellison Goff, Wylie Goff, and Mollie Weddle Goff in the state of Tennessee. For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com.
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