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Re: TOWNSEND Ohio 1860
In Response To: Re: TOWNSEND Ohio 1860 ()

I would like to add that in writing The Four Goff Brothers of Western Virginia Roy Lockhart paid particular attention to providing whatever details on slaves as were available in the records. Two of the brothers, Thomas Goff and Salathiel Goff, owned slaves, who most likely came from the estate of their father-in-law, John Gray, in Calvert Co., MD.

As relates to this forum, it is possible that one slave named David may be traced from the estate of John Gray in 1769 ("Negro Child David abt 1 year old") to Thomas Goff's 1824 Clark Co., KY will ("after first giving to my negro man slave David one hundred and twenty five dollars to be paid to said negro in twelve months from this date by my Executor ... and on said day the said negro man David to be emancipated." David Goff who appears in the 1850 Clark Co., KY census, black, aged 75. While there is a 7 year discrepancy in birthyear, circumstantial evidence ties together David Goff in 1769, 1824 and 1850.

Twenty-one persons are included in the book index under the heading "Slaves."


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