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Joshua L. Holcomb and Malinda Gooch




Husband Joshua L. Holcomb

           Born: 1802 - Greenville, SC?
           Died: After 1860
         Buried: 
       Marriage: Abt 1827 - Rabun Co., GA



Wife Malinda Gooch

           Born: Between 1810 and 1811 - SC?
           Died: After 1860
         Buried: 


Children
1 M Edward M. Holcomb

           Born: Between 1828 and 1829
           Died: After 1860
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Susannah Bates
           Marr: Abt 1855 - Milton Co. GA?



2 M Reuban P. Holcomb

           Born: Between 1830 and 1831
           Died: After 1853
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Sarah Putnam
           Marr: 17 Aug 1853 - Habersham Co. GA



3 F Unknown Holcomb

           Born: Between 1830 and 1832
           Died: 
         Buried: 



4 M William Walker Holcomb

           Born: Between 1833 and 1834
           Died: After 1853
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Cynthia Welborn
           Marr: 1 Jun 1853 - Habersham Co. GA



5 M Tillman Dixon Holcomb

           Born: 8 Apr 1836
           Died: 18 Aug 1913 - Jefferson Co., AL
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Louisa Jane Bates
           Marr: 13 Jan 1858 - Milton Co. GA



6 F Isabella Holcomb

           Born: Between 1837 and 1838
           Died: 
         Buried: 



7 M Henry Snow Holcomb

           Born: 26 Feb 1840
           Died: 16 Feb 1935 - Oakman, Gordon Co., GA
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Rhonda Ann Bates
           Marr: 16 Oct 1866 - Milton Co. GA



8 M Bennett Gaines Holcomb

           Born: 9 Jun 1842
           Died: 3 Aug 1923
         Buried: 



9 F Ronda (Renda) Holcomb

           Born: Between 1844 and 1845
           Died: 
         Buried: 



10 F Malinda Holcomb

           Born: Between 1845 and 1846
           Died: After 1870
         Buried: 
         Spouse: George W. Worley
           Marr: Abt 1870



11 F Vienna Minerva Holcomb

           Born: Between 1847 and 1848
           Died: 28 Dec 1937 - Bolton, Fulton Co., GA
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Jasper M. T. Bates
           Marr: 13 Dec 1866 - GA



12 F Armanda (Elimira) Holcomb

           Born: Between 1849 and 1850
           Died: 
         Buried: 



13 M Sylvester A. Holcomb

           Born: Between 1852 and 1853
           Died: 
         Buried: 




General Notes: Wife - Malinda Gooch

DATE: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 10:17:21
From: "msreid" <msreid@alltel.net>
To: <drphill@mailcity.com>

Hello,
I am researching a Malinda Gooch, born SC 1810-11, that married around 1827, to Joshua L. HOLCOMB, born 1802, possibly Greenville, SC. Joshua and his first wife had settled in Rabun Co., GA, by 1823, and had two sons. After his 1st wife's death, Joshua may have gone back to SC to find 2nd wife, as no marriage license was applied for in Rabun Co.
Joshua and Malinda's children were all born Rabun Co., GA. They were: Edward McD, b. 1828-9, married Susannah Bates. They were associated with Hopewell Bapt. Church, Milton Co., about 1857-59, Reuben P., b. 1830-31 married Sarah Putnam 17 Aug. 1853 in Habersham Co., GA. She was b. about 1834 GA, Infant, died unnamed, William Walker, b. 1833-4, married Cynthia Welborn 1 June 1853, Habersham Co., GA, Tillman Dixon, b. 8 Apr. 1836, d. 18 Aug. 1913, Jefferson Co., AL, married Lousia Jane Bates 13 Jan 1858 in Milton Co., GA, She was b. 11 Aug. 1836, DeKalb Co., GA, d. 3 Jan 1929, Jefferson Co., AL, Isabella, 1837-8, Henry Snow, b. 26 Feb. 1840, d. 16 Feb. 1935, Oakman, Gordon Co., GA, buried Hopewell Bapt. Cem, Oakman, married Rhonda Ann Bates 26 Oct. 1863 in Milton Co., GA, b. 26 July, 1844 in DeKalb Co., GA, d. 25 April 1916, Oakman, Gordon Co., GA, buried same, Bennett Gaines, b. 9 June 1842, d. 3 Aug. 1923, Renda, or Ronda, Malinda, 1845-46, married George W. Wor!
ley, Vienna Minerva, b. 1847-8, d. 28 Dec. 1937, Bolton, buried Hollywood Cem., Fulton Co., GA, married Jasper M. T. Bates, 13 Dec. 1866, b. 28 Sept. 1842, DeKalb Co., GA, d. 10 Sept. 1914, buried same in section 1-c, lot # 432, Amanda, (Elmira?) 1849-50, Sylvester A., 1852-3.
I am a descendant of Bennett. I found his middle name listed as Gooch early in life, but death certificate has it as Gaines.
Do you know the parentage of this Malinda Gooch? I also have not been able to find Malinda or Joshua's grave. Joshua and Malinda are no longer found in Rabun Co. after 1860. One guess is they went back to SC. Joahua's family had lived in the old Pendelton District at one time.
Any help you can give me is most appreciated. May God richly bless your family.
Sandy Reid

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Malinda Gooch may be one of the missing children of James & Elizabeth (Kelly) Gooch

Hello,
I am researching a Malinda Gooch, born SC 1810-11, that married around 1827, to Joshua L. HOLCOMB, born 1802, possibly Greenville, SC. Joshua and his first wife had settled in Rabun Co., GA, by 1823, and had two sons. After his 1st wife's death, Joshua may have gone back to SC to find 2nd wife, as no marriage license was applied for in Rabun Co.
Joshua and Malinda's children were all born Rabun Co., GA. They were: Edward McD, b. 1828-9, married Susannah Bates. They were associated with Hopewell Bapt. Church, Milton Co., about 1857-59, Reuben P., b. 1830-31 married Sarah Putnam 17 Aug. 1853 in Habersham Co., GA. She was b. about 1834 GA, Infant, died unnamed, William Walker, b. 1833-4, married Cynthia Welborn 1 June 1853, Habersham Co., GA, Tillman Dixon, b. 8 Apr. 1836, d. 18 Aug. 1913, Jefferson Co., AL, married Lousia Jane Bates 13 Jan 1858 in Milton Co., GA, She was b. 11 Aug. 1836, DeKalb Co., GA, d. 3 Jan 1929, Jefferson Co., AL, Isabella, 1837-8, Henry Snow, b. 26 Feb. 1840, d. 16 Feb. 1935, Oakman, Gordon Co., GA, buried Hopewell Bapt. Cem, Oakman, married Rhonda Ann Bates 26 Oct. 1863 in Milton Co., GA, b. 26 July, 1844 in DeKalb Co., GA, d. 25 April 1916, Oakman, Gordon Co., GA, buried same, Bennett Gaines, b. 9 June 1842, d. 3 Aug. 1923, Renda, or Ronda, Malinda, 1845-46, married George W. Worley, Vienna Minerva, b. 1847-8, d. 28 Dec. 1937, Bolton, buried Hollywood Cem., Fulton Co., GA, married Jasper M. T. Bates, 13 Dec. 1866, b. 28 Sept. 1842, DeKalb Co., GA, d. 10 Sept. 1914, buried same in section 1-c, lot # 432, Amanda, (Elmira?) 1849-50, Sylvester A., 1852-3.
I am a descendant of Bennett. I found his middle name listed as Gooch early in life, but death certificate has it as Gaines.
Do you know the parentage of this Malinda Gooch? I also have not been able to find Malinda or Joshua's grave. Joshua and Malinda are no longer found in Rabun Co. after 1860. One guess is they went back to SC. Joahua's family had lived in the old Pendelton District at one time.
Any help you can give me is most appreciated. May God richly bless your family.
Sandy Reid
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Cornelius B. Magness and Malinda Caroline Gooch




Husband Cornelius B. Magness

           Born: Abt 1845
           Died: Abt 1910
         Buried: 
       Marriage: 16 Jun 1861 - Lumpkin Co., GA



Wife Malinda Caroline Gooch

           Born: 22 May 1843 - Lumpkin Co., GA
           Died: 19 Jun 1931 - Forsyth Co., GA
         Buried: 


         Father: Samuel H. Gooch
         Mother: Elizabeth Grizzle




Children

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Thomas Jefferson Gooch and Malinda Craig Gooch




Husband Thomas Jefferson Gooch

           Born: 13 Feb 1854
           Died: 23 May 1932
         Buried: 


         Father: Drury Overton Gooch
         Mother: Martha Floyd


       Marriage: Abt 1870 - KY



Wife Malinda Craig Gooch

           Born: Abt 1851
           Died: Abt 1920
         Buried: 


         Father: William Dabney Gooch
         Mother: Nancy Jane Gooch




Children
1 F Doshie Gooch

           Born: 1880
           Died: 1966
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Eban Pettus
           Marr: Abt 1900 - KY



2 M Nalen Gooch

           Born: 1883
           Died: Abt 1940
         Buried: 



3 M Cleo Gooch

           Born: 1885
           Died: 1905
         Buried: 



4 F Effa Gooch

           Born: 13 Mar 1888
           Died: Abt 1950
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Herbert W. Reynolds
           Marr: Abt 1910 - KY



5 M Dennie Gooch

           Born: 1892
           Died: Abt 1960
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Mable Ellis
           Marr: Abt 1915 - KY
         Spouse: Dahlia Bullock
           Marr: Abt 1930



6 F Lela Gooch

           Born: 16 May 1894
           Died: Abt 1950
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Luther Russell
           Marr: Abt 1915 - KY




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Chaney Briggs Miller and Margana A. Gooch




Husband Chaney Briggs Miller

           Born: Abt 1845
           Died: Abt 1920
         Buried: 
       Marriage: Bef Sep 1867 - Bethel Springs, McNairy County, TN



Wife Margana A. Gooch

           Born: 15 Feb 1849 - Bethel Springs, McNairy County, TN
           Died: 29 Mar 1924 - Garvin, OK
         Buried: 


         Father: William Gooch
         Mother: Sarah McNatt




Children

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John Randolph Reynolds and Margaret L. Gooch




Husband John Randolph Reynolds

           Born: 29 Nov 1859 - Lauderdale Co., AL
           Died: 31 Oct 1939 - Jones Co., TX
         Buried:  - Hamlin Cem., Hamlin, Jones Co., TX


         Father: Joesph Pleasent Reynolds
         Mother: Unknown *UNKNOWN


       Marriage: 3 Jul 1881 - Tishomingo Co., MS



Wife Margaret L. Gooch

            AKA: Maggie
           Born: 10 Jun 1862 - Tishomingo Co., MS 2
           Died: 24 Dec 1949 - Hamlin, Jones Co., TX
         Buried:  - Hamlin Cem., Hamlin, Jones Co., TX


         Father: William Martin Gooch
         Mother: Elizabeth Jane Oliver




Children
1 M William Joseph Reynolds

           Born: 23 Jun 1882 - MS
           Died: 1 Mar 1963 - Ft. Worth, TX
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Florence Jerusha Carroll
           Marr: 25 Oct 1903 - TX



2 F Alma Reynolds

           Born: Abt 1884
           Died: Abt 1960
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Herschel Davis
           Marr: Abt 1905



3 F Margaret Reynolds

           Born: Abt 1887
           Died: Abt 1965
         Buried: 
         Spouse: William R. Carter
           Marr: Abt 1915



4 F Johnnie Reynolds

           Born: Abt 1890
           Died: Abt 1960
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Joesph Crow
           Marr: Abt 1915



5 M Clifford R. Reynolds

           Born: 29 Jul 1895
           Died: 1 Feb 1967 - Hamlin, Jones Co., TX
         Buried:  - Hamlin East Cemetery, Hamlin, Texas
         Spouse: Unknown Wooley
           Marr: Abt 1920 - TX
         Spouse: Verda Saloman
           Marr: Abt 1924 - TX




General Notes: Husband - John Randolph Reynolds

Husband of Maggie Gooch, First Name Unknown, Reynolds.

By the late 1800's or very early 1900's, Maggie Gooch had married a man named Reynolds. They moved to Jones County, Texas and settled in the town of Hamlin. Later he owned and operated the Reynolds Feed and Grain Store there. Old records indicate that they had five children; two sons and three daughters.

06/27/1999

For family history information about the Reynolds family on the INTERNET:

http://lonestar.texas.net/~pthomson/

Excerpt:

Hamilton Reynolds
Table of Contents



Hamilton Reynolds b. Oct 3, 1761, Anson County, N. Carolina, m. 1791. Rachel Clements,
b. Oct 10, 1775, Cobb, Georgia. Hamilton died 1851, McNairy, Tennessee.
Children:
i. Elizabeth Reynolds b. Jun 30, 1793.
ii. Hugh Riah Reynolds b. Nov 5, 1795.
iii. David B. Reynolds b. 1796, S. Carolina.
iv. Nancy Reynolds b. 1798.
v. Thomas Reynolds b. ca. 1800, S. Carolina.
vi. Isaac Clements Reynolds b. Jan 2, 1802.
vii. Polly Reynolds b. Jan 15, 1805.
viii. Millage Hamilton Reynolds b. Apr 17, 1807, m. Sep29, 1824, in
Lauderdale County, Alabama, Nancy Flatt.

The Early Days

Hamilton Reynolds, b. 1761 in N. Carolina, and his wife, Rachel Clements, b.
1775 in S. Carolina, came first to Lawrence County, Tennessee from S. Carolina
about 1815, along with most of their eight children. Hamilton was a veteran of
the Revolutionary War, serving in the Georgia Militia, and his eldest son, Hugh
Riah Reynolds, born in 1795, served in the War of 1812 with a Tennessee militia
unit. In September of 1816, Hugh Riah married Elizabeth Hamm, a 16 year-old girl
he met at a dance, the daughter of a S. Carolina Revolutionary War veteran, John
Hamm, Sr. and his wife, Phoebe Jane Blassingame who then lived in Giles County,
and later settled in McNairy County, Tennessee. Hugh and "Betsy" settled on
Shoal Creek in Giles County. The 1820 census shows their nearby neighbor was a
man named Davy Crockett.

Shortly after the Chickasaw Secession opened up the area for settlement,
Hamilton and Hugh Riah Reynolds came down to Lauderdale County to obtain land
for Hugh's growing family. They settled on property close to the state line, in
an area that came to be known as Pruitton. By 1825, Hugh was able to move his
wife and five children to a log home on a ridge overlooking Sour Branch near
Butler Creek.

The family continued to grow and prosper. Hugh and Betsy Reynolds had, by 1843,
fourteen children. Born in Giles County, Tennessee were: Thomas Hamilton, b.
1817; William Carroll, b. 1819; Nancy Emily, b. 1821; James Marion, b. 1823, and
John Wiggins, b. 1825. Born in Lauderdale County were: Phoebe Jane, b. 1827;
Huriah L., b. 1828; Wesley Blassingame, b. 1830; George Riley, b. 1831; Joseph
Pleasant, b. 1834; Anderson Pinckney, b. 1836; Winston Pettus, b. 1838;
Elizabeth Dorinda, b. 1840, and Richard Randolph, b. 1843.

About 1845, Hugh Riah's father, Hamilton Reynolds died at the age of 84 and is
believed to be buried in the family cemetery on Hugh Riah's farm. In December
1845, Hugh and Betsy's son, John Wiggins Reynolds, died at the age of 20. He is
also believed to be buried in the family cemetery.

By 1860, Hugh and Betsy owned several hundred acres, and 20 slaves, as well as
obtaining land for several of their married children. By this time, all but the
youngest two had married. Then came the Civil War. Hugh Riah was 65 years old in
1861, wife, Betsy, 61. Most of their sons, sons-in-law and nephews joined the
Confederate Army. Son James M. Reynolds served as Captain of Company B, 9th
Tennessee Cavalry, a unit of Biffle's Battalion under General Nathan Bedford
Forrest. Capt. Reynolds' brothers, Richard Randolph and Wesley Blassingame,
served as 2nd Sgt. and 3rd Sgt., while a third brother, Winston Pettus, and ten
cousins, brothers-in-law and nephews served as privates.

The war years were difficult and made more so by the ravages of various bands of
Union and Confederate deserters, draft-dodgers and criminals who came generally
to be called "The Buggers." Their focus of activity was the area of Lauderdale
near the state line. According to one family member, Hugh Reynolds was "hung" on
three occasions by these thieves, trying to force him to tell where his money
was hidden.

Though several were wounded in action, and James was taken to a Union prison
camp (from which he escaped), all of Hugh and Betsy's sons returned home safely.
Daughter Elizabeth Dorinda, who had only recently married William Hough, died in
1865 and was buried in the family cemetery.

The ravages of the war in Lauderdale County, coupled with the martial law, tax
increases and loss of slave labor, made the Reconstruction Era, in many
respects, more damaging to the family than the war had been. Property was lost
in Sheriff's sales, criminal activity by The Buggers and others continued, and
the price of cotton plummeted. Several of Hugh and Betsy's children moved to
Arkansas, in an effort to find a better life. These included Nancy Emily and her
husband, William Carroll Bailey; George Riley and his second wife, Nannie Hamm
(his first wife, Elizabeth Hamm, died in 1857 and is buried in the Wade Cemetery
in Iron City, Tennessee); Winston Pettus and his third wife, Margaret J. Bell,
and Wesley Blassingame and his wife, Sarah Brewer. In August 1871, Hugh Riah
Reynolds died at the age of 76, and a few months later, his 37 year-old son,
Joseph Pleasant, was shot and killed. Both are buried in the family cemetery.
Joseph Pleasant's widow, Mary Eliza Ragan, and their six children moved to
Tishomingo Co., Mississippi where her family lived.

In January 1879, Sarah Olive, mother-in-law of Hugh and Betsy Reynolds'
daughter, Phoebe Jane, died and was buried in the family cemetery. Phoebe Jane
was married to Sarah and James Olive's son, William B. in 1842. Sarah's
headstone shows the earliest birthdate (1789) of those with currently legible
inscriptions in the Reynolds' cemetery. In June 1882, Hugh Riah's widow,
Elizabeth "Betsy" Hamm Reynolds, died and was buried in the family cemetery. She
was 81 years old. The only known direct descendant of Hugh and Betsy Reynolds
living in Lauderdale County today is Marjeenia Reynolds, a great, great
granddaughter of their son, Thomas Hamilton. Most of Hugh & Betsy Reynolds'
descendants eventually migrated to Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, but can be
found across the country today, from Maryland to California. As their youngest
son, Richard Randolph Reynolds, wrote in a survey of Civil War veterans
conducted about 1911, the Reynolds were a hard-working and "respectable" family.
They were pioneers with a strong belief in duty and honor, who helped civilize
and settle Lauderdale County.

Submitted by: Michele L. Valkenaar, 11000 Calloway View Dr., Knoxville,
Tennessee 37922.

NOTE: This was submitted in July 1998 for inclusion in the Lauderdale County
Heritage Book.



General Notes: Wife - Margaret L. Gooch

Margaret (Maggie) Gooch (1862 - abt 1950)

Margaret (Maggie) Gooch was a sister of William Elijah Gooch.

Maggie Gooch ended up living in Hamlin, Jones County, Texas in the late 1890's or early 1900's. Her husband owned a Feed Store in Hamlin. She lived most of her adult life there, and is buried there. Her granddaughter, Louise (Reynolds) LaMotte, writes that her grandmother was a very strong willed and domineering lady who tried to control the lives of her children, even after they had grown up and had families of their own. She favored the Oliver side of the family, and seemed to feel that the Oliver's were better than the Gooch's.

06/27/1999

For family history information about the Reynolds family on the INTERNET:

http://lonestar.texas.net/~pthomson/

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Marion Gooch and Hattie May Hackler




Husband Marion Gooch

           Born: 1894
           Died: Abt 1960
         Buried: 


         Father: Ransom Marion Gooch
         Mother: Frances Ann Padgett


       Marriage: Abt 1920 - KY



Wife Hattie May Hackler

           Born: 4 Jul 1902
           Died: Abt 1960
         Buried: 


Children
1 M William Marion Gooch

           Born: 1925
           Died: 
         Buried: 



2 F Mary Frances Gooch

           Born: 1928
           Died: 
         Buried: 



3 F Betty Jane Gooch

           Born: 1930
           Died: 
         Buried: 



4 M Nancy Ann Gooch

           Born: 1933
           Died: 
         Buried: 




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William Thurmond and Martha Gooch




Husband William Thurmond

           Born: Abt 1775
           Died: Abt 1850
         Buried: 
       Marriage: Abt 1810



Wife Martha Gooch

           Born: Abt 1778
           Died: Abt 1850
         Buried: 


         Father: William Gooch
         Mother: Lucy Fleming




Children

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James Terry and Mary Gooch




Husband James Terry

           Born: Abt 1768 - Granville Co., NC
           Died: Abt 1828 - Jackson Co., TN
         Buried: 


         Father: Roland Terry
         Mother: Unknown *UNKNOWN


       Marriage: 

   Other Spouse: Mary Gooch



Wife Mary Gooch

           Born: 
           Died: 
         Buried: 


Children
1 M Curtis Terry

           Born: Abt 1803 - Granville Co., NC
           Died: 
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Elizabeth Kuykendall




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Henry North Reams and Mary Gooch




Husband Henry North Reams

           Born: Abt 1895 - Williamson County, TN
           Died: Abt 1965 - Williamson County, TN
         Buried: 
       Marriage: Abt 1916 - Williamson County, TN



Wife Mary Gooch

           Born: Abt 1896 - Williamson County, TN
           Died: Abt 1966 - Williamson County, TN
         Buried: 


         Father: David Rice Gooch
         Mother: Anna Allen




Children
1 F Unknown Reams

           Born: Abt 1918 - Williamson County, TN
           Died: 
         Buried: 




General Notes: Husband - Henry North Reams

REF: GB1A3A2A1A2A Henry North Reams (abt 1895 - abt 1965)

Husband of Mary Gooch.


General Notes: Wife - Mary Gooch

REF:G2B1A3A2A1A2 Mary Gooch (abt 1896 - abt 1966)
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John Snead and Mary Gooch




Husband John Snead

           Born: Abt 1740 - VA
           Died: Abt 1830
         Buried: 
       Marriage: 25 Mar 1765 - Caswell Co., NC



Wife Mary Gooch

           Born: Abt 1748
           Died: Abt 1842
         Buried: 


         Father: William W. Gooch
         Mother: Keziah Ann Hart




Children
1 M Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1767
           Died: 
         Buried: 



2 F Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1769
           Died: 
         Buried: 



3 M Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1771
           Died: 
         Buried: 



4 F Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1773
           Died: 
         Buried: 



5 M Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1775
           Died: 
         Buried: 



6 F Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1777
           Died: 
         Buried: 



7 M Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1779
           Died: 
         Buried: 



8 F Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1781
           Died: 
         Buried: 



9 F Keziah Hart Snead

           Born: 12 Mar 1782
           Died: Bef 1817
         Buried: 
         Spouse: William Lamkin
           Marr: Bef 1802



10 F Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1785
           Died: 
         Buried: 



11 M Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1787
           Died: 
         Buried: 



12 F Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1789
           Died: 
         Buried: 



13 M Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1791
           Died: 
         Buried: 



14 F Unknown Snead

           Born: Abt 1793
           Died: 
         Buried: 




General Notes: Husband - John Snead

John Snead (Sneed)

08/29/97

Excerpt from a letter written by Rev. John Buckner Snead in the 1860's:

In reply to your request I can say that in my early days my memory was somewhat extraordinary; and what I learned then, I do not easily forget now. My great grandfather with two of his brothers came from England with probably the first colony that settIed in Virginia; they located near the mouth of the James
River; (and I have now the Gourd in which my ancestor brought his gun powder from the colonial store.) His name was John, but if I ever knew, I do not remember the name of his two brothers. I never understood that they claimed to belong to the Nobility, or were of a low grade of Character; but were probably of that denominated in England, The Ingenue: I think it probable that they all remained in that neighborhood a long time, and the first account that I had of my grandfather is, that he only went to school twenty one days: His name was John, and he lived near a ferry on James River; and some of his relations
on the opposite side of the stream: Amongst the number, was the lady who after the death of her first husband, "Col. Custis," became the wife of Gen . George Washington. Of this lady I have been informed she was my father's "cousin" and that his sisters and herself "were raised together" or as I suppose were
intimate associates. How it came to pass that from such a beginning my Grandfather became a learned man I cannot tell, but such no doubt was the case. His daughters were all respectably married; and my father the youngest child and only son, was an active business-man, and for want of professional teachers, did sometimes teach school himself. Some of the original stock remain still near the original locality; and I have a Cutlass picked up in the river, and presented to my son John, by a relation after one of the engagements in the late war.

A very remarkable instance of family identity occurred some twenty six years ago. I was driving with my two daughters, on a rainy day, on the otherside of Vienna, myself on the front seat; A carriage passed, the Gentleman on the driver's seat, the Coachman, on his horse. After passing us, our Companion on
horseback was accosted by the gentleman, who inquired if my name was not Snead? being answered in the affirmative. He said I knew it, for his brother is my nearest neighbor. It so turned out that both carriages stopped at the same house, where a more thorough acquaintance occurred. The gentleman's name was Calhoun, nephew of Hon. John C. Calhoun, who was then returning from a visit to his uncle; He said he had removed some years before to the Chocktaw purchase, and having met with many hard- ships & suffered much loss on their journey, he was visited by Maj. Snead and his father-in-law, a Doctor whose
name I do not remember, and their Courteous greeting and generous bearing had made them his lasting friends. He proceeded to say that Maj. Snead was brother to the Governor, and he knew at the first glance that I was his brother; They came from James River. I told him we were no doubt of the same stock, but could not be first cousins as my father never had a brother, and my own brothers were all dead.

As the country became densily settled, the young people spread abroad especially as they married; this was the case with my father and with many others; he first went to live nearer to his wife's father and made several temporary removes before he left Virginia and after North Carolina began to be settled he removed there and settled at Surry Court house, there he opened a house of entertainment and perhaps a store (missing text) considerable improvements in building, and would no doubt have remained longer there; but
when the rupture took place with England, he discovered that the scotch who inhabited the country below were almost to a man Toreys, he expected to be burnt out, and took the first opportunity to sell out, and remove to a sequestered place over the mountains; When peace was made he removed to a place near
Salem, then called the Moravian Town. I suppose it was about that time that a number of his nearest relations formed a settlement near Haley's Ferry on the Pe dee River; on the north side, and within a mile, or two of the bluff, there is a most beautiful plat of table land known perhaps to the present day by the
name of "Snead's Level".

Near forty years ago on this side of the River I met one of my father's sisters, a grave decent widow of perhaps fifty years old, heard that there was a number of descendants of his near relations not far off, but had not time to visit them.
I crossed the River, went to the house of Capt. John Snead, my father's own Cousin, he was a sensible dignified looking man, very fine form and features, about fifty years of age; his wife was dead and he had a beautiful little son about ten years old living at home. The servants were sensible and apparently
trustworthy. One of his married sons lived near him.

After dinner I went to the house of another son, a very nice young man who was married to the daughter of Wiatt Randal, a steady Methodist and was wealthy and this daughter the only Child, herself and husband were members of the M E Church and were a very promising young couple. They lived on the most eligible site of the Levels. Some families moved to the west, I have seen the name of Nicholas T. Snead, on the minutes of some western Conference as a traveling Preacher and some are now (text missing) -ing in Tennessee, Some two miles above Haley's ferry there is a handsome bluff on the south of the River; with sufficient land, lying favorably for a beautiful town. A dashing genius by the name of Edgeworth and brother to the Lady who gained some celebrity as a writer, fixed his eye upon the place, and his imagination viewed it prospectively as a flourishing town, when a few impediments to navigation should be removed and accordingly purchased it. Although he was married to a second wife, this place should be associated with the recollection of his first wife, Elizabeth Sneed, an Irish girl who he loved Most passionately; but the
rocks kept their position in the river; and I preached in the forenoon in a store or lumber house to a small congregation, dined at Col. Johnson's, preached in the afternoon in the Academy to the students and neighbors. A cold wind blew almost a gale, A blazing fire was made, and after we left the house burnt
down. This is the last I have known of Sneadsborough.

This, I think solves the riddle of the two brothers who came together, One spelling his name with "ee" and the other with "ea", But brother Adams says he knows three brothers who all spell their names differently.

Well there are many things we cannot account for. But all that I have enquired of who spell their name with "ee" have come originally from Ireland.

WebNote:
Possible spelling SNEED; need information on this line.
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General Notes: Wife - Mary Gooch

Mary Gooch ( 1752 -1842 )

Mary Gooch married young to a man named John Sneed. It is believed that they moved to South Carolina and later on to Mississippi. Family records show that they had fourteen children, but not much is known about them.

08/29/97

Excerpt from a letter written written by Rev. John Buckner Snead in the 1860's:

I do not remember to have heard the maiden narne of my grandfather's mother, but am inclined to think it was Dudley as some of the descendants have that christian name; Some forty Years ago I met with a family named Burnley who professed to be related to me; I made enquiry of my mothier; who said we were
blood-kin, and very near. I think she said my grand mother and their father or grandfather were Brother & Sister, and as far as I can trust my memory I conclude that my grandfather's wife was before marriage named Burnley.

My mother's father was named William Gooch. I conclude of the family or stock from whom GoochLand County took its name. And he was owner of some very valuable lands at the time of her marriage. Your father saw William Gooch when he was old, and thought he was a scotchman; Governor Claiborn was a
near relation of hers, and he too was thought by M. L. Weems the historian to be a scotchman; but I think it probable they were both mistaken. They both used a broad kind of pronunciation and so do many of the English. Some years ago whilst on the Liberty County Circuit, I received an invitation to dine with a wealthiy scotch gentleman named McIntosh,, l complied and learned from him that he had been eight years here, and had returned a year or two before, and married the lady then present; l endeavored to make myself agreeable, entered into conversation with Madam, made some inquiries with respect to the
aquaintainces she had formed here, amid she said she had made no acquaintances. l told her she had lost much by secluding herself from such society; that there were Ladies of sterling worth within visiting distance; her husband replied in a very broad accent, "the scotch folk are very clannish". How then did he happen to invite my visit? l had rode an uncommonly fine looking horse, and he wished to get him, he said. He could, and did, tell the truth thiat time.

If my mother had proceeded from a scottish ancestry, and that too of distinguished rank; l should inevitably have discovered in her some predeliction or national attachment for thiat people; which l never did. Of my
mothers Mother I heard much that is worth knowing, her name was Keziah Hart, her brothers were Col. Thomas, Col. Nathaniel, Major David and Mr. Benjamin Hart, those titles however were only honorary in time of peace, for none of them were war-like men.

My ancestry on my Father & Mother's side were all members of the Church of England and my mothers Mother was a distinguished member of social and religious society, not in word only but in deed, and in truth, and to me the best evidence that could be produced is this, the Education that her daughter had
acquired, at twelve years old, for at that age her mother died. And the daughter took the charge of her father's family; which consisted of the father, one brother possibly six or seven years old, one sister two or three, and one brother quite young if not an infant. She maintained her position for five years with
becoming honor to herself, and satisfaction to all concerned; the fatlier then married a second Wife; and the next year my father and mother were married and on that event, it was by consent of all parties determined that her sister should go home with her, and there she remained until she was married to Mr. Jesse Benton; afterwards Col. Benton who was the father of Hon . Thomas Hart Benton, Thirty Years a Senator in Congress of United States.



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