Florence Elizabeth Goff was born on January 14, 1895, in Tifton, Georgia, her father, John, was 22 and her mother, Mary, was 19. She had six brothers and three sisters. She was married to Lucious Cleveland Purvis in Feb 10, 1913 in Georgia. They 8 children together. She died in 1951 in Miami, Florida, at the age of 55.