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No slaves in my family

Dwayne A Clark February 7, 2012

Oddly, no Gooch/Gouch white families were found in middle Georgia during the early – to mid- 1800′s. No Gooch/Gouch estates were filed in Macon County. Census indexes on for 1850 and 1860 show Gooch/Gouch entries in South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi (spelled various ways).There must be a connection of the black Gooch/Gouch family of Macon County to some white Gooch/Gouch family or plantation. It may be that one of the white women who came to Macon County was a Gooch/Gouch but married into another family, likely in South Carolina (per Paul K. Graham, CG 15 February 2011). However, my great grandmother Erner Lee Meadows-Gouch (1894) has Indian decent, that has never been proven.

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  • Dee McPhersonn

    April 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Explain…what does that mean “no slaves in your family”? Were there suppose to be slave in your family?

  • garth tuttle

    June 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Okeh, say that I read this correctly: you are of African descent … well, not every person with such and such a last name has any connection to any other such family. Also, you can not be sure that the first record of a family name iin the 1860, 70s census is of the place of origin for that said family – especially for slaves.
    Now, if I am incorrect in my assumtion – dear me, it is hard to determine what you really mean to say – When my Penn. born ancestor came south, he owned no lslaves, though his in-laws did, and his son’s in -laws did
    Either way, history isn’t ever that simple.

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