|Aaron GOFORTH||Samuel MEEKS|
|Mary POOL||Jemima DEGREE|
|Judge William GOFORTH55,56,57,19, 111||Catherine MEEKS19, 111|
William GOFORTH was born to Aaron GOFORTH & Mary POOL in Philadelphia, PA on 30 Apr 1731. His father was born in England. It is unknown at this time if he had any siblings. There is no record of his early life.
It is not known when he moved to New York. He served on the Committee of Safety and was a member of the famous "One Hundred" of New York City in April 1775. He entered the army as captain (28 Jun 1775) and was in the first New York regiment under Col. Alexander McDougall in the Canadian Campaign. He was at the battle of Three Rivers and was promoted major for service in the field. He was Major of DuBois' New York Regiment (26 Jun 1776). Resigned on 6 Jul 1776 and engaged in the manufacure of salt, then so much needed.
He married Catherine MEEKS on 18 May 1760. They had 9 children between 1766 and and 1783. The first five were born in New York City between 1766 and 1776; the next two were born in Philadelphia, PA between 1776 and 1778; and the last two were born in Tolenends, Bucks Co., PA between 1781 and 1783.
He traveled through the Northwest Territory to the future site of Hamilton Co., arriving in the early part of 1789 along with the Major Stites party. He is known to have kept a daily journal of his trip.
He became one of the most influential men in the formation of the Ohio commonwealth and champion of popular education. He was a merchant in New York, Philadelphia, and Hamilton County, Ohio (1789-1807), Hamilton County judge (1790), member of the Northwest Territory legislature (1799), and president pro tem of the Ohio constitutional convention (1802).
He died at the age of 76 on 2 Nov 1807. He is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH.
Catherine MEEKS was born to Samuel MEEKS and his wife, Jemima on 26 Feb 1744 in New York City, NY. It is not known at this time where her parents were born. It is also not known if she had any siblings.
She married Major William GOFORTH on18 May 1760. They had 9 children between 1766 and and 1783. The first five were born in New York City between 1766 and 1776; the next two were born in Philadelphia, PA between 1776 and 1778; and the last two were born in Tolenends, Bucks Co., PA between 1781 and 1783.
Her husband traveled through the Northwest Territory to the future site of Hamilton Co., arriving in the early part of 1789 along with the Major Stites party. He is known to have kept a daily journal of his trip. It is unknown when the family followed him.
"Goforth, Mrs. Judge Wm." She is listed as a member of Pioneer Cincinnati Women, 1797-1821, known to Charlotte Ludlow Risk. "The women whose husbands and fathers were among the early settlers of Cincinnati united in a bond of friendship," so stated Charlotte Ludlow Risk. In her memoirs, she named the ladies who were her contemporaries during the 1797-1821 era when she lived in the city; Charlotte Chambers married Col. Israel Ludlow, one of the city's founders. After his death she wed Rev. David Risk. These ladies would have been subjects for today's society page.
Catherine's husband died in 1807 when she was 63 yrs old. She lived another twenty years as a widow. Her will was filed in the probate court of Hamilton County, Ohio on 24 Aug 1833. Executors were Daniel Gano, Samuel Lewis, and Oliver M. Spencer. Beneficiaries were daughters Mary Gano and Tabitha Lockhart and her grandchildren. She willed her granddaughters to inherit from her estate without their husbands able to lay any entailment on the assets throughout their lifetime.
She was residing in Covington, Campbell Co., KY at the time of writing her will. She was still there when she died 26 May 1827 at the age of 83.
Will of Catharine Goforth
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Marinus Willet GOFORTH