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
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].
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
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
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...
1805 GEORGIA LAND LOTTERY
1805 GEORGIA LAND LOTTERY
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