(Is a Goff family ghost still there?)
On a trip to California in June, we visited the Chateau St. Jean Vineyards in quiet, scenic Kenwood, located in the Sonoma valley. While we are familiar with some of their wines, we wanted to see Chateau St. Jean because of its history. The winery is built around the […]
(Is a Goff family ghost still there?)
We revisited Nantucket in 2009 to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. While there we also had the opportunity to enjoy not only the beauty of the island, but to also explore some of its rich history.
Ruth’s grandmother Susan Hervey Wales (1889-1989) great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Easton (1779-1838) was the last person in her line […]
In the mail today I received the will of Abner Goff (1782-1857). For more than three decades Abner Goff was a Methodist Circuit Rider, serving churches in central and north central Ohio.
For me three things about the experience of discovering this will are worth noting. First, I discovered its existence by examining the Ohio Probate Records […]
For the last several years part of my research has focused on Licking County, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Columbus. There my 3rd Great Grandfather, Abner Goff and his father, Daniel purchased 200 acres for $1,000 in 1813 after moving from Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont. In a search for “Abner Goff” in Google Books I discovered several references to an Ohio Appeals Court Case which addressed a dispute over land where an individual died intestate.
The subject Abner Goff (grandson of my Abner and cousin to my great grandfather) died in 1896 without a will and with no children. According to Ohio law his 162 acres passed to his widow, Martha. Martha died with a will, but the will did not address the disposition of the land, only granting a life estate to Martha’s brother, Ensley Finney Hass. The dispute arose at death of Mr. Haas as to the proper distribution of the property. The Goff family claimed that under Ohio law they were entitled to one half of the land. Mr. Hass’s heirs disputed this. Hence this court case.
What makes this case interesting to me is not the details of the argument from a court case more than a century ago, but what I found when I visited the Recorder’s Office in Licking County a few years ago. As a young person Abner’s brother, Gilbert B. Goff, moved from Licking County, Ohio to Michigan and had great success in lumber and other businesses. In 1911 as this dispute was headed to court, Gilbert Goff executed a quit claim relinquishing his claims to this property and giving it to the heirs of his brother, Zara Goff and their sister, Mary Goff Lampson. What’s interesting is that he lists fourteen of his known nieces (with their married names) and nephews as we see in a transcription of the document below. […]
During our recent trip to Moosehead Lake, Maine, we visited the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville Junction. This was just a short walk from where Ruth’s mother grew up. Following an excellent guided tour we stopped in the office to see what they might have about the Templeton family. Several files! […]
We just returned from a wonderful trip to Maine. Last Thursday I went to the Maine State Archives and State Library looking for information about the Templeton Family, especially Fred and Hermon Templeton’s mother, Emily Sears. The Templeton family lost contact with Emily after the death of her husband, John Frank Templeton in 1879. […]
Tomorrow we leave Moosehead Lake (Greenville, ME) to begin our journey home. On Tuesday we traveled with Ruth’s mother to Kineo, where she told us about her experiences as a child living on the island each summer while her father worked as a guide (see Memories from Kineo). On Wednesday we visited the […]
David Brooks wrote an interesting column in today’s New York Times about the rise of moral individualism, where the family, religion and culture are being replaced by the “free-floating individual as the essential moral unit.” I read this the same day as my wife and I spent a very special time with her mother, going […]
Today the weather was perfect as we took Ruth’s mother, Ruth Templeton Rollason, back to Kineo, an island on Moosehead Lake in Maine where she lived all of her childhood summers. The shuttle captain loaned us his golf cart so that we could see the island. We had the best guide – Ruth’s mom – […]
I’ve only been on this blogging journey for a week. During this past week I have tried to incorporate my basic family information (my wife’s and my grandparents). I’ve also been looking at so many great family history blogs to get ideas for both content and the technology behind them. At the same time […]