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William Gooch

Also Known As: "Maj William Gooch"
Birthplace: Pamonkey River, York Co, VA
Death: Died in Scotts Comfort, Charles Co, MD
Immediate Family:

Son of John Henry Gooch and Millicent Gooch
Husband of Ursula Gooch
Father of Claiborne Gooch, Sr.; John Gooch; Rowland Gooch; Anne Gooch and William Gooche

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About William Gooch

William Gooch

  • Birth: 1656 in Albemarle Parish, Surry, VA
  • Death: 1714 in Albemarle Parish, Surry, VA
  • Father: John Henry GOOCH b: ABT 1625 in Wrentham, Suffolk, Eng
  • Mother: Millicent GOODWIN b: ABT 1630
  • Marriage 1 Ursula CLAIBORNE b: 1662 in King William, VA

The first in the family line to be born in America. It is believed that William Gooch was the only child of the mariage of Lt. Col. Henry Gooch and Millicent (Kinsey) Gooch. William Gooch settled on the land in Westmoreland County, Virginia on the side of the Potomac River. He was a Captain of militia troops. The family line of his wife, Ursula Claiborne, is said to go back to Eric the Great.


Source for these Notes: Thanks to Cherie McHaul's website " Gooch Family Line Of Cherie McHaul " -- email --

Cherie writes the following: " There are Gooch's that established first in Virginia, then spread out to Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and a few to West Virginia. Most, as I have seen according to some military records, were "Patriots". I have not found any evidence thus far of "Tories" in the family.

The Gooch move to other states occurred with intentions of getting out from under British rule. It sounded to me like they hoped to disappear in the Kentucky wilderness; by the early 1820's, you can find Gooch members moving farther west across the Mississippi River to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma Territory and Texas. (This was about the same time of the Trail of Tears).

Most Gooch members were farmers, but many were also Judges and Justices of the Peace (Sheriffs) and a few Lawyers. There were some that were planters too, but I have not found evidence do far of being slave owners.

However, I did find one record in Missouri, Charles I. Gooch was a slave owner. I have not been able to find which line Charles came from so far. (This Gooch moved from Kentucky to Missouri in 1839).

Based on census dates, James Madison Gooch moved away from Kentucky to Indiana. Nora Gooch and her husband Isaac C. Griffin, (my maternal great grandparents, move to the Garland, Texas area around 1850 where my grandmother, Lou Mattie Griffin was born in 1908, Dallas County. Isaac Griffin can be found on Oklahoma census, but I forget now which year, it was after 1900. Before 1920, Isaac & Nora moved to Poweshiek County, Iowa, where Nora died in 1920. Isaac remarried again until his death in 1956.

There is a Gooch family Cemetery, located about 4 miles north of Waynesburg, Kentucky in Pulaski County. It was deeded over to the Olive Baptist Church in the mid or late 1880's ; also known as Old Baptist Cemetery. Many of my ancestors are buried there.

Although there is no recorded proof, there were family stories, (few of which were told) of mixed marriages with native Americans and African Americans. I was very young when I overheard my grandmother talking with older cousins of these unions. My Grandmother was a very superstricious, no one knew why she became to be so and could be very spiteful if you got on her bad side. yet I remember her as a kind and gentle soul. When we were children, grandma wouldn't allow anyone to walk in one outside door and exit another outside door. If you entered one door, you had to exit that same door or you would bring bad luck upon the house.

If you really wanted to freak her out, rock an empty rocking chair; that's the first time she ever raised her voice to me. Rocking and empty rocking chair was bad luck, because a empty rocking chair that rocked on it's own meant there was a death going to occur. She hated owls too, because an owl hooting at night for three nights in a row meant a death also. Grandma was always throwing salt over her shoulder because someone spoke at the same time, and who knows what else.

She would read tea leaves for the older cousins, one day when they asked her to do her own, when she did, she becave very distraught because somehow she saw a deathe going to occur. it wasn't much longer after that, that my father died of on-going heart problems at the age of 34 years old. That was in September of 1969, a year and three months later her youngest sister passed away and three months after this death, my grandmother passed away also. I think she regretted reading those tea leaves.

I remember my grandmother almost in tears telling grandpa what the tea leaves revealed; he tried to calm her unconsolable fears; finally telling her she "daft" (he was Irish) and to stop planing her silly little games. He was particularly afraid that I would tell my mother what occurred, because my mother was a Christian and didn't believe in dabbling in such activities and become angry with them for exposing me to such "nonsense."

Sources: Author: Thomas F. Legocki - Postings on Title: Thomas F. Legocki - email - Abbrev: Thomas F. Legocki - email - Publication: Data Base - "Legocki" - updated 27 May 2005

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William Gooch's Timeline

Pamonkey River, York Co, VA
Age 20
Albermarle Parri, Surry, Virginia, USA
Age 28
Age 31
Albermarle Parri, Surry, Virginia, USA
Age 36
Charles County, Province of Maryland
Age 58
Scotts Comfort, Charles Co, MD
Age 58
Ferry from Sweehall to "Gooch's landing"