(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 […]
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 […]
– Court Cases accessed from Google Books
Abner Goff Appeals Court Apri 1914
Gilbert Goff Appeals Court 1915
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. […]
On our recent visit to the Moosehead Lake area of Maine, I located the will of William Sears, father of Emily Sears Templeton, and my wife’s great-great grandfather. The will was executed in 1885, about three years before his death. William left eight of his nine surviving children one dollar each. The tenth child, […]
We recently had the opportunity to look through a drawer of ”memories” during a recent visit with Ruth’s uncle. One of the treasures was a spiral notebook written by Ruth’s great grandmother, Mabel Louise Hervey (1863-1960), wife of George Rogers Wales and mother of Susan Hervey Wales Rollason.
The 30 plus pages of the spiral ring notebook start at her […]
At the Registry of Deeds for Penobscot County, Maine I also found a deed dated 4 Nov 1854 by which Samuel Templeton transferred property to Eben W Robbins for $1. This is the same 50 acres that Samuel purchased from his father, Adam for $400 18 years earlier. From the deed we see that Ebenezer […]
In the records of the Probate Court of Penobscot County, Maine I found this inventory of the estate of Amiel Robbins, who died, as stated here, on 20 July 1833, in Milton, Penobscot County. Why do I find this of interest? Ruth’s 2nd great grandparents were Samuel Templeton and Susannah Robbins. We know that Samuel […]