Herschel Davis and Alma Reynolds
Husband Herschel Davis
Born: Abt 1880 Died: Abt 1960 Buried:Marriage: Abt 1905
Wife Alma Reynolds
Born: Abt 1884 Died: Abt 1960 Buried:
Father: John Randolph Reynolds Mother: Margaret L. Gooch
General Notes: Wife - Alma Reynolds
A daughter of Maggie Gooch, name unknown, and a niece of William Elijah Gooch.
William Elijah Gooch and S. Jane Elizabeth Davis
Husband William Elijah Gooch 10,11,12,13
Born: 1 Mar 1850 - Tishomingo Co., MS 39 Died: 10 Dec 1929 - Tarrant Co., TX Buried:
Father: William Martin Gooch Mother: Elizabeth Jane Oliver
Marriage: 30 Oct 1872 - Lee Co., MS 4
Wife S. Jane Elizabeth Davis
Born: 1 Oct 1846 Died: Between 1900 and 1910 - TX Buried:
1 M Jesse James Gooch 6
AKA: Jess Gooch, Jesse Gooch, Jesse C. Gooch, Jessie Gooch Born: 18 Jan 1874 - MS 7 Died: 31 Jan 1935 - Brownwood, Brown Co., TX 8,9 Cause of Death: Cancer of the tongue and mouth Buried: 1935 - White Point Cem., Comanche County, TXSpouse: Bessie Fannin Marr: 26 Dec 1901 - Paris, Lamar Co., TX 14Spouse: Sally *UNKNOWN Marr: 1917 - Brown Co., TX 4
2 F Mary E. Gooch
Born: 1876 Died: Buried:
3 M William Thomas Gooch
Born: 29 Jan 1879 - MS Died: 22 Oct 1908 - Lamar County, TX Buried: - Minter Cem., Lamar Co., TXSpouse: Lauricia Angeline Harvey Marr: 25 Dec 1898 - Lamar County, TX
4 F Unknown Gooch
Born: Abt 1882 Died: Buried:
5 F Unknown Gooch
Born: Abt 1884 Died: Buried:
6 F Unknown Gooch
Born: Abt 1886 Died: Buried:
7 F Unknown Gooch
Born: Abt 1888 Died: Buried:
General Notes: Husband - William Elijah Gooch
William Elijah Gooch (1850 - 1929):
I have verified to my own satisfaction that my grandfather, Jesse Gooch, was a son of William Elijah Gooch, I now know that William Elijah Gooch was commonly known as "Lige" Gooch. He took the nickname "Lige" because it was used by his maternal grandfather, Elijah Oliver.
My mother told and re-told stories about her Gooch family when I was a boy growing up. "Lige" Gooch was always an important character in her stories. Most of Mother's stories were supposedly passed down to her by her father. She had no contact with others in her Gooch family as a girl growing up.
This is the way it was outlined in Mother's stories: Jess's father was named Lige. Mother painted the picture that she came from a wealthy and aristocratic old south family.They lived somewhere in the south and it did not seem to be in Texas. Mother often mentioned "Carolina" in her stories but she never spoke of North Carolina or South Carolina. His father owned a farm. It seemed like a big farm, as his father was always out during the day, riding around on his horse, checking on the land and overseeing the work of the black "sharecroppers" in the labor force. He treated those people like slaves, even though it was after the Civil War. He rode a big horse, and carried a small whip or "rider's quirt". He would often strike the black people with this quirt, when he became angry with them. It seems that he was a bad tempered and mean spirited man, and he often became angry. He was cruel with the Negroes, and he was inhumane with the farm animals. Jesse seemed to hate him from an early age. The character Jesse described in his stories brings to mind a Nathan Bedford Forrest type of man -- a vindictive old Confederate. He was arrogant, hard, cruel, and very bitter toward the Negroes - blaming them for causing the Civil War and the horrors of it all. He still believed in the "lost cause". In those times, There were many men like that in the south in the years after the Civil War. That attitude continued well into the twentieth century and, to a lesser degree, it is still evident today. In the stories, Jesse's mother was named Mary or Elizabeth. (As I remember mother's stories, her name was Mary but my half-sister sister remembers her name as being Elizabeth.) Mother mentioned the surname "Ford". It seems that Jesse adored his mother. In mother's stories, she died when Jess was about sixteen years old. He blamed his father for his mother's death, saying that his father was more concerned about his land and money than he was with caring for his sick wife. Jesse left home shortly after her death, and his stories indicate that he never had any more contact with his father.
In the stories, Mother talked about Jess sneaking away as a small child to go to the cabin of a Negro sharecropper's family to play with a little boy that was about his age. His father did not want his children to associate with the Negroes and he would get angry when he found Jess playing there, Jess sometimes hid under the table, which was always covered with a cloth, when his father came to the cabin looking for him.
In the spring of 1995, I contacted several descendants of William Martin Gooch, as I had reasons to believe he was my great great grandfather. In the early 1950's my mother made contact with a man named George Gooch in Abilene, Texas. George Gooch was then up in his eighties. His wife was named Hattie. We visited with them several times when I was a small boy. Mother called them Aunt Hattie and Uncle George. George was a younger brother of Lige Gooch and would have been my mother's great uncle. None of the people I contacted could confirm that Jess Gooch was part of that family line. I did find out there was a man named William Elijah Gooch, and he was born about 1850. He was the first born child of William Martin and Elizabeth Jane (Oliver) Gooch, and all of their twelve children were born and raised in northeast Mississippi. The most knowledgeable person I contacted was a man named William D. Gooch in Georgetown, Texas. He is a direct descendant of Luther Martin Gooch, a son of William Martin Gooch. William D. Gooch was a professional librarian and did quite a lot of genealogical research on their Gooch family. He provided me with a great deal of information about the family of William Martin Gooch but he did not believe that my grandfather, Lige Gooch, was a part of their family line. I continued my research and I still believed that Lige Gooch was linked to the William Martin Gooch line. Lige gooch remained a shadowy figure.
Elizabeth Jane Palmer, 1028 Hill Road, Houston, TX 77037, (granddaughter of Mary Pauline Gooch) remembers her mother, and some of the other older people in the family, talking about an "Uncle Lige". She did not know him, or any of his descendants. She thinks he died before she was old enough to remember him. She thinks he lived somewhere in northeast Texas, not far from the others. She thought that he was buried in the Hoyeye-Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hunt County, TX, with many of the others in the family of that time. Upon investigating, she found that he was not buried there, at least not as "William Elijah Gooch" or "Lige Gooch".
11/12/95 - LDS research notes: There are two entries of interest;
1. "W.E. Gooch married S.J.E. Davis, 30 October, 1872" (Itawamba County, Mississippi).
2. "William Gooch married Emily Blyth, 28 December, 1871" (Lee County, Mississippi). This Emily Blyth could be the "Emily" Bill Gooch mentioned. Still, there is nothing that states this was William Elijah Gooch.
Updated; added 10/24/98
Emilee Davis Sat, 9 May 1998 22:11:1 I am searching for the ancestors of W.M.GOOCH and his wife EMILY BLYTHE. GOOCH was born 5-31-unk.year, in Baldwyn, died 12-16-1930 in Hopewell, and, BLYTHE was born 2-3-1854 in Boonville died 9-28-1928 also in Hopewell. The only child I have is ROBERT CHARLES GOOCH born 1-31-1878 in Wheeler. Robert married LENA ANNICE TAYS (I have all sorts of Tays info), their child was SADYE VIVIAN GOOCH b. 9-7-1903(my Great Grandmother) married SAMUEL PRYOR GARDNER. If any one knows the whole name of W.M.GOOCH, his year of birth, and/or the couples ancestors please contact me. Emilee Davis, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
11/23/1996 ORIGINAL MARRIAGE INFORMATION CORRECTED BASED ON NEW INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM BARB ANDREWS. This information seems to confirm the information in (1) above.
Revised marriage information for William Elijah Gooch to Sarah Jane Elizabeth Davis, based on family information for William Thomas Gooch, their son, which was received from Barb Andrews in California. Barb also has information that shows William Elijah Gooch died December 10, 1929, in Tarrant County, Texas. Barb is descended from the second marriage of William Thomas Gooch's widow. By records on file in Lamar County, Texas, William Thomas Gooch died in 1908 at the age of 29, leaving behind a widow and three children, believed to be daughters
Connie Ball, 2380 Crescent Drive, Paris, Texas 75460, reports that William Elijah Gooch is listed in the 1900 census for Lamar County, Texas, born March, 1850, age 50. In the household were: wife, Sarah Jane E., born Oct 1846, age 53; son, William T., born 1879, age 21; daughter in law, Angie, born 1882, age 18; granddaughter, Mary L., born 1900, age infant under 1. Connie Ball's husband, Dean, is descended from the Gooch line on his mother's side, but so far they are not sure of his family links, beyond his grandfather.
While William Elijah Gooch has not been ruled out as being the father of Jesse James Gooch, the information uncovered about his life does not seem to match the profile of "Lige" Gooch.
New information (exact source unknown) received over the INTERNET indicates that William Elijah Gooch ran away from home at age twelve, to serve as a drummer boy with the Confederate Army. This information was received from Ms. Eddie Josey-Wilson, 901 36th Street North, Great Falls, MT 59401, EMAIL email@example.com; it was contained in an E-Mail message thread that she read on the INTERNET in January, 1997. Ms. Wilson is descended from Thomas Gooch who lived in McNairy County, TN in the 1800's. The source of the drummer boy thread is Michele Valkenaar, 11000 Calloway View Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org. Michele is descended from the William Martin Gooch line in some way.
TEXAS STATE ARCHIVES, RECORDS OF DEATHS, 1903-1940, FILE # 61465: GOOCH, WILLIAM E., TARRANT COUNTY, 12-10-1929.
(INFORMATION FROM CONNIE BALL, PARIS, TEXAS)
William E. Gooch appears in 1910 census records for Lamar County, Texas: age 60, living in the home of Charlie M. Pickering.
(CONNIE BALL, PARIS, TX)
The 1900 census indicates that William Elijah Gooch and his wife Sarah Jane Elizabeth had seven children, four of them then still alive. Connie theorizes that the children could be: Mollie Gooch, wife of Frank New; Charles E. Gooch, husband of Lillie Bell Morris; Pearl Gooch, wife of D.J. Kirby; Jesse Gooch, husband of Bessie Fannin; L.C. Gooch, husband of Mollie Lloyd. Connie found marriage records for these people, but has not been able to link any of them to any of the known family lines.
William E. Gooch sold 121 acres of land in Hunt County, Texas, November 19, 1915; his share of his mother's estate.
Census records from Crockett County, Tennessee from 1880: MICROFILM#: T9-1249 DISTRICT: 1st Civil District SUPV/DISTR: 5 ENUM/DISTR: 1 ENUMERATOR: Thos. N. Humphreys
Gooch Wm. E. W M age 30 (HEAD) Laborer
Gooch S. E. J. W F 36 Wife
Gooch Jesse C. W M 6 Son
Gooch Mary E. W F 4 Daughter
Gooch Wm. T. W M 1 Son
I believe there is now sufficient evidence to prove that our grandfather, Jesse Gooch, was a son of William Elijah Gooch and a grandson of William Martin Gooch. While I have found little to support some of the elements in the family stories that were told by my mother, I believe we can now claim descendancy back to William Martin and Elizabeth Jane (Oliver) Gooch. There is still some question about my grandfather's real name, In written records, he is named as "Jess Gooch", "Jessie Gooch" or "Jesse Gooch". I have found no record where a middle name was shown, not even a middle initial. My mother recorded his full name as Jesse James Gooch in a family Bible entry; an earlier census record (1880) lists him as Jesse C. Gooch.
General Notes: Wife - S. Jane Elizabeth Davis
Sarah Jane Elizabeth Davis (1846 - abt 1890)
In the stories of Jesse Gooch as re-told my mother, his mother died when he was about 16 years old. He loved her dearly, and seemed to be shattered by her death. He blamed his father for neglecting her, and he left home shortly after she died. It seems that he hated his father for the rest of his life, and could never forgive him for neglecting his mother. By his stories, he had gone to sit by his mother's bed that day. She had been sick for some time, with pneumonia. She seemed to be feeling better that day. She asked him to open the curtains on her window, so she could see the sunshine. Then, she asked him to help her sit up in bed, and to prop her up on some pillows. When he lifted her into a sitting position, her lungs must have collapsed. She died there in his arms.
As I remember the stories that Mother told, her grandmother was named Mary or Elizabeth, and it seems like her last name was Ford. I may be confused on that, as it was many years ago. It is now verified that the wife of Lige Gooch was Sarah Jane Elizabeth Davis. She was still alive in 1900 and was likely dead before the 1910 census was taken. She did not die around 1890, as my grandfather's stories indicated.
Many Davis's on tax list for Lee County, MS, 1877.
Kirkland Russell Pharr and Margarette Bessie Dawson
Husband Kirkland Russell Pharr
Born: 11 Jan 1898 - Richmond, Ft. Bend Co., TX Died: 18 Feb 1988 - Richmond, Ft. Bend Co., TX Buried: - Morton Cem., Richmond, Ft. Bend, TX
Father: Feris Pharr Mother: Nancy Ann Forrest
Marriage: 10 Jun 1928 - Richmond, Ft. Bend Co., TX
Wife Margarette Bessie Dawson
Born: Died: Buried:
Ballard Day and Sylvia Mayfield
Husband Ballard Day
Born: Abt 1760 - Louduon, VA Died: Abt 1818 - Anderson Co., SC Buried:Marriage:
Wife Sylvia Mayfield
Born: Abt 1770 Died: Between 1840 and 1850 - Tishomingo Co., MS Buried:
Father: Abraham Mayfield Mother: Margaret Bishop
1 F Mary Day
Born: Abt 1786 - SC Died: Buried:Spouse: Unknown Breazeale
2 M Tolliver Day
Born: Abt 1790 Died: Buried:
3 M Ballard Day
Born: Abt 1791 Died: Buried:
4 M Middleton Day
Born: Abt 1792 Died: Buried:
5 M Johnson Day
Born: 29 Jul 1794 - Pendleton District, SC Died: 19 Jul 1838 - Gonzales Co., TX Buried:Spouse: Sarah Hembree Marr: Abt 1814
6 M Hezekiah Day
Born: 11 Mar 1801 Died: Buried:
7 M Austin Day
Born: Abt 1802 Died: Buried:
8 F Meekness Day
Born: Abt 1804 Died: Buried:
9 M Oswell Day
Born: Abt 1805 Died: Buried:
10 M Broadwell Day
Born: 8 Oct 1806 Died: Buried:
11 M William Day
Born: Abt 1810 Died: Buried:
12 M Benjamin Day
Born: Abt 1811 Died: Buried:
13 M Alver M. Day
Born: Abt 1812 Died: Buried:
14 F Emma Cordie Day
Born: 31 Oct 1813 Died: Buried:
15 M Needham Day
Born: Abt 1814 Died: Buried:
16 M Baswell Day
Born: 27 Jun 1816 Died: Buried:
17 M Nathaniel Day
Born: Abt 1818 Died: Buried:
Alexander Green Nichols and Caroline Jane Day
Husband Alexander Green Nichols
Born: Abt 1848 Died: Abt 1930 Buried:Marriage:
Wife Caroline Jane Day
Born: 1852 Died: 1932 Buried:
Father: James Milford Day Mother: Margaret Hudson
William Ruric Porter and Clara Valverde Day
Husband William Ruric Porter
Born: 1858 Died: 1934 Buried:Marriage:
Wife Clara Valverde Day
Born: 1875 Died: 1963 Buried:
Father: Henry Milton Day Mother: Priscilla Frances Noicholson
Eli Hankins and Elizabeth Caroline Day
Husband Eli Hankins
Born: Abt 1825 Died: Bef 1900 Buried:Marriage:
Wife Elizabeth Caroline Day
Born: 9 Oct 1830 - Charleston District., SC Died: 3 Mar 1911 - Prairie Lea, Caldwell Co., TX Buried:
Father: Johnson Day Mother: Sarah Hembree
Henry Milton Day and Priscilla Frances Noicholson
Husband Henry Milton Day
Born: 1848 - TX Died: 1925 - Abilene, Taylor Co., TX Buried: 1925 - Colony Hill Cem., TX
Father: James Milford Day Mother: Margaret Hudson
Marriage: Abt 1868 - TX
Wife Priscilla Frances Noicholson
Born: 1842 Died: 1935 Buried: 1935 - Colony Hill Cem., TX
1 M James Bonaparte Day
Born: Abt 1869 Died: 1958 Buried:Spouse: Sarah Jo Lackey
2 F Susan Jane Day
Born: 1872 Died: 1958 Buried:Spouse: Henry Carroll Billings
3 F Clara Valverde Day
Born: 1875 Died: 1963 Buried:Spouse: William Ruric Porter
4 F Lenore Alice Day
Born: 1879 Died: 1935 Buried:Spouse: Theoderick Stanton Porter
5 M Granville Day
Born: 1882 Died: 1897 Buried:
6 M Gideon Day
Born: 1887 Died: 1918 Buried:Spouse: Annie Alford
James Bonaparte Day and Sarah Jo Lackey
Husband James Bonaparte Day
Born: Abt 1869 Died: 1958 Buried:
Father: Henry Milton Day Mother: Priscilla Frances Noicholson
Wife Sarah Jo Lackey
Born: Abt 1883 Died: Abt 1960 Buried:
James Milford Day and Martha H. Nichols
Husband James Milford Day
Born: 11 May 1815 - Anderson Co., SC Died: 23 Jan 1894 - Gillespie Co., TX Buried:
Father: Johnson Day Mother: Sarah Hembree
Marriage: 2 May 1838 - Gonzales Co., TX
Other Spouse: Margaret Hudson - 1847 - TX
Wife Martha H. Nichols
Born: Abt 1820 Died: 1846 - TX Buried:
1 M William J. Day
Born: 1 Jun 1840 Died: Abt 1910 Buried:
2 M James Milford Day Jr.
Born: Abt 1844 Died: Buried:
3 M John Merrian Day
Born: 26 Aug 1846 - TX Died: 26 Aug 1846 - TX Buried:
General Notes: Wife - Martha H. Nichols
Died in childbirth, 1846. Newborn infant son also died.