Henry Goucher and Rachel ?Larkin
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The following information is from the Gotcher web site.  

            It is estimated HENRY GOTCHER was born before 1750  based on the 1790 South Carolina Census.  If he is the HENRY GOTCHER who arrived on the William & Sarah in 1727, he would have been born before 1725.  His mother had a sister who was a babe-in-arms on the trip.  

            HENRY GOTCHER was living in Fincastle Co., Virginia between 1768 and 1782. [Carroll 1765-1815: The Settlements].  He had 300 acres on Lower Crooked Creek.  It appears that HENRY and RACHEL (born about 1750) were married in Fincastle Co., Va  before 1770 [Broyes Home Page] where Henry came to live in 1768.  She is referenced as the wife of HENRY during the sale of property on the Holston River in 1789.  The oldest child of HENRY was born about 1770.  HENRY was listed on the Tax Roll of 1771 in Fincastle Co., Va. in the list of Tithables in William Herbert’s Company. [Early Adventures on the Western Waters]  

            HENRY GOTCHER is listed in the Certified list of Georgia troups 1779 compiled by Capt. B. F. Johnson.  He received a soldiers’ grant of land for serving in the American Revolution.  HENRY probably was in the militia in the back country of North Carolina which later became Tennessee. [Georgia’s roster of the Revolution: Containing a list of the state’s defenders officers and men: soldiers and sailors: partisans and regulars, whether enlisted from Georgia or settled in Georgia after the close of hostilities.  Citations: HENRY GOACHR SR  (Military Veteran) p. 400][Stub entries to indents issued in payment of claims against South Carolina growing out of the Revolution.  Books Y-Z.  Stub indents wee similar to bearer bonds.  The service may possibly have occurred in a different area, but the indent was presented where bounty lands were available.]  

            HENRY GOTCHER was living between 1784 & 1797, Pendleton Co Ninety Six District, South Carolina.  He purchased and sold land in the area between 1788 and 1797.  [Pendleton District and Anderson County, S.C. Wills, Estates, Inventories, Tax Returns and Census Records][Pendleton District, S.C. Deds 1790-1806 p. 31 In April 1792, HENRY GOCHR owned property which bounded a piece of property sold on the east side of the Broadmouth Creek, waters of the Saluda Rivr in Washington Creek.  One of the other witnesses was Matthew Alexander.  Was he related to David Alexander who was Ann Gotcher’s father?  page 41 In July 1791 & Oct. 1792 HENRY GOCHER owned property which bounded pieces of property sold on the east side of the Broadmouth Creek, waters of the Saluda River in Washington Creek.   Other pages with references to HENRY GOACHER are  28 (land grant), 31, 32, 41, & 154.][Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790 South Carolina, Ninety-Six District, Pendleton, County.  The family name was spelled GOCHER.  HENRY SR., Henry Jr., Thomas, William, and John were listed on page 82].  

 HENRY GOCHER was listed on the 1787 tax list for Abbeville Co, SC in the pre 1790 Colonial American Census Index.  No township was listed.  22 Jan 1788, Abbeville Co., South Carolina HENRY made his mark (H) rather than signing his name on the deed executed.   During his life HENRY received 640 acres in District 96, 198 acres in Washington Co., TN (Grant #57), and 200 acres on the south side of the Holston River.   November 8, 1794 he was a purchaser of property at an estate sale.  

            The number of children listed on the 1790 census as part of HENRY’s family indicates that in 1790 HENRY was at least 40 years of age.

Free white males over 16 = 2 (HENRY and 1 son)

Free white males under 16 = 3 (3 sons)

Free white females = 3 (RACHEL and 2 daughters)  

            Between the years 1804 and 1812 he was living in Franklin Co., Georgia . [History of Franklin county Georgia page 94]  The History of Franklin County source lists the 1805 land lottery in Georgia.  Joshua and HENRY SR. were allowed two draws but did not draw winners.  They were at least 21 years of age, had a wife and/or children, and had resided in Georgia for at least one year.  

            HENRY was living in Franklin Co., Alabama between 1820 and 1823.  [Franklin Co, Alabama Tax Lists][United States Census Franklin Co, Alabama 1820] .


WILKES CO., N.C. Deed Book p. 26

      P.  173 14 May 1810 between John James & HENRY GOUGHER,  SR. of  Rowan  County, N.C. 25 lbs...61 3/4 acres both  sides  grassy fork little river...




     HENRY SR.      B B       Franklin Co.

     Joshua               B B       Franklin Co.


This  Indenture  made  this 14th day of May  one  thousand  Eight Hundred  and ten between John James of the County of  Wilkes  and State of North Carolina of the one part and HENRY GOUGHER, SR. of the  County  of  Rowan  and State  aforesd  of  the  other  part.  Witnesseth that I John James for & In Consideration of the sum of twenty  five  pounds good and lawful money of sd note to  him  in hand paid by the sd HENRY GOUGHER, SR. before the sealing here of the  Receipt  whereof the sd John James Doth  hereby  acknowledge himself  therewith to be fully satisfied contented & paid  &  for which  sum he hath granted Bargained sold Conveyed & confirmed  & by  these  presents doth fully freely clearly &  absolutely  sell convey  &  confirm to the sd HENRY GOUGHER his hand  and  assigns forever a tract or parcel of Land Containing sixty one acres  and three  fourths  be the same more or less lying and being  in  the County   aforsd   on  both  sides  of  grassy  fork   of   little River...Beginning at a stake in Barnes old line Running East  one hundred  poles  to a poplar.  Then South ninety one  poles  to  a black oak.  Then west 112 po. to a white oak saplin.  Then  N  15 po.  crossing  grassy fork 20 po. crossing the Same 10  po  to  a white Oak Saplin on the     of the creek to Solomon Barns line  E 5 po to a Stake N 46 po to a Stake.  Then E 6 po to the Beginning The  same being sixty one and three fourths of an  acre...be  the same now or less...Together with all woods waters mines  minerals hereditaments  and  appurtances  to  the  sd  Land  belonging  or appertaining  and all the whole right title and Interest  of  him

the  sd  John James to the sd Bargained premises to have  and  to hold  to sd HENRY GAUGHER, SR. his heirs and assigns forever  and the  interest  & meaning of these presents is that the  sd  HENRY GAGER  his heirs and assigns may at all times hereafter  Lawfully and peaceably possess hold and Enjoy the sd premises with all the right  and privileges thereunto belonging free and clean  of  all Incumbrances.  The sd John James for himself his heirs  Executors and  Administrators  Doth convinany and agree will and  truly  to

warrant and Defend the same, In witness whereof the sd John James hath hereunto set his hand and sea.  The day and year first above written...       


Signed Sealed and Delivered             John L Jones   SEAL

In presence of us                                       mark

Danl Mc Ewen, Jr      February Term 1811

James McEwen          The within Deed was duly proven in open  

Ewen McEwen            court By the oath of Daniel McEwen

North Carolina      Wilkes County     In order to be Registered

                                      test   R. Martin   clk