Lafayette County, Missouri, Deed Book B:324 22 Aug. 1828 John Gooch and his wife Mary of Lafayette to David K. Mackey of same for $1200 conveyed 32½ acres off the north end of W½ of SW¼ of 22-51-27W containing 80 acres which was decreed to John Gooch by the circuit Court of Lafayette County, in pursuance to the report of the commissioners to make partition between John Gooch, plaintiff, and the widow and heirs of William H. Downey, deceased.

Lafayette County, Missouri, Deed Book C:393 22 May 1830 John Gooch and Mary his wife to Wilson Owen all of Lafayette for $50 the W of SE of 3-50-27 containing 25.38 acres.

Lafayette County, Missouri Deed Record C:78 19 May 1830 John Gooch and his wife Mary to Benjamin C. Long to George Houx of Lafayette for $50 sold a lot in town of Lexington. Both signed the deed.

Lafayette County, Missouri, Deed Book D:156 21 May 1833 John Gooch and Mary of Lafayette to Markham Fristoe of same for $105 the South division of W½ of SE¼ 3-50-27. Wit: William T. Clark and William Hill.

Lafayette County, Missouri, Deed  Book D:156 21 May 1830 John Gooch quit claimed all that certain

Lafayette County, Missouri, Deed Book D:161 16 Jan. 1834 John Gooch and Mary of Laf. to Charles Thomas of same for $350 two lots in town of Lexington. Wit: Abel Osen and Markham Fristoe.

Lafayette County, Missouri, Deed  Book D:172 16 Jan. 1834 John Gooch and Mary of Lafayette to Abia S. Lightner of same for $900 32 1/2 acres off the north end of W½ of SW¼ of 23-51-27 containing 80 acres.  

William Gooch and his four sons and Martin Gooch and his two sons were among the earliest settlers in Cole. County, [Pioneer Times October 1982, p. 389] William Gooch was one of the earliest white settlers in Cole County, at the mouth of the Moniteau River.[1] Most of these people were part of "the Tennessee colony" in Campbell County, Tennessee; some before that were in Greenbrier Virginia] Martin Gooch appraised a stray mare in 1819 taken up by David Chambers in Moreau Township, Cooper County, [Martin, Josiah, James Sr. & Jr. and John Gouge paid taxes in Rhea County, Tennessee in 1808]

A John Gouge was involved in a circuit court action in Cole County, in the spring 1844. There was a sheriff’s sale announced in the Jeffersonian Republican. He may have been the defendant. Abstract not clear.

Henry McKinney of Cole County, died in 1836 in Cole County, and among his heirs were Martin Gouge (whose wife’s given name is unknown), John Gouge who m. Nancy McKinney and Henry McKinney who m. 26 April 1827 Susannah Gouge.

In 1830, Martin Gouge was living in Cole County, and listed with John Gouge on p. 187. Martin had 2 males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 40-50; 2 females 5-10, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40.

John Gouge had 1 male 10-15, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 60-70; 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 20-30.

Martin Gooch died in Cole County, Missouri ca. 1840. The final settlement of his estate was announced 23 September 1843. Adm.: William Chambers. On 19 July 1837 Martin Gouge and Elizabeth his wife sold to John Gooch for $250 the E of NW 26-45-15. [Cole County, C:253]

Will of Martin Gouge dated 26 Aug. 1840 William Chambers, Adm. Elizabeth widow; Joshua, Sarah, James, John, Amon, Martin and William, Rebecca Chambers all of Cole County, Henry Gouge of Barry County,

Cole County, court Minutes, p. 18 John Gooch (jury Dec 1822), 30 (jury Dec 1823), 117 Oct. 1818 jury.

Cole County Marriages

James Gooch m. Malinda King 27 Dec. 1832

John Gouge m. 27 Sept. 1827 Nancy McKinny

Cemetery Inscriptions of Cooper County, Gooch’s Mill Baptist Church Cemetery in Saline Township SE of SE 20-45-15W. William D. Gooch left Albemarle County, Virginia for Ohio in 1824. He and his family came to Missouri in 1830 and settled in Saline Township where he erected a mill on Petit Saline Creek. Cynthia A. nee Gooch b. 8 February 1814 in Albemarle County, Virginia d. 30 April 1859 daughter of William D. m. 8 January 1839 Lewis Eager.

William D. Gooch b. 16 April 1782 d. 9 September 1856 m. 24 March 1813; Matilda nee Childs b. 2 September 1793 d. 27 February 1857 consort of William D.

William Gooch m. 21 October 1830 in Pike County, Missouri Naomi Boggs.

Cooper Co. Circuit: 92 Benjamin Gooch appointed constable in Tebo Twp. March 1820.

James Washington Gooch of Linn County, Missouri was b. 23 Nov. 1844 in Pike County, Missouri son of William G. and Sarah (Grimmet) Gooch. Came with his parents to Linn County, in 1845.

James Gooch and his wife Desire Blackford (m. ca. 1808) moved from Jessamine County, Kentucky to Marion County, Missouri where he died 3 June 1833 from cholera.

Marion County, Missouri Probate Book A p. 110 James and Deziah Gooch issued Letters of Administration on estate of William Gooch 31 July 1833.

1820 Virginia there were 21 people with this surname, but no Martin.

Wm. in Abemarle p. 8 [this is probably the man in Cooper co.]; Han p. 76, Not, p. 54a, Wm. D in Louisa p. 51

1830 Virginia Wm. Gooch in Louisa County; Wm. D. in Louisa Wm. in Hanover; Wm. F. in Alb. The John in Hanover is gone; Wm. in Nott and Wm. in Alb. gone.

1827 Tax list of White County, Tennessee: John, William and Joseph Gooch

1808 tax list of Rhea County,Tennessee, lists Martin Gouge, James Gouge, Josiah Gouge and James. Sr. Only James Sr. and Josiah own land.


[1] History of Cole County, Southern Historical Press, 1978, 212.