William Gotcher & Mary Ann Box
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From the Robbie Giles Gotcher old home page WILLIAM GOTCHER born about 1800 married about 1825 MARY ANN BOX born about 1800. They are the parents of Joshua Newton Gotcher born 15 Sep 1829.


In pages Pat Norton received from her aunt was a letter written by Ernest Curb - Grandson of Joshua Newton Gotcher & Susannah Jeffries (his mother Nancy Jane Gotcher m. George Thomas Curb), he said "Nancy daughter of Gainer & Polly Jeffrey born March 7, 1835 married John Matthew Gotcher. Children were Elizabeth and Matthew Washington (Bud). Nancy died when Bud was thirteen months old. Their Grandparents Gainer (Jeffreys) and Polly took him and his sister to raise.  Susannah and Nancy Jeffrey were sisters. Joshua and John were brothers."

The bible pages of Joshua Newton Gotcher list information on his sister Winnie. There were all in the 1860 Columbia County, Arkansas Census. John M. Gotcher & 2 small children were living with Obed Roberts & family. Winnie was 16 & was living with her oldest brother Joshua Newton Gotcher & family. WILLIAM GOTCHER & MARY ANN BOX were not there.

In a drawing of a family tree given to Pat Norton it shows Joshua Newton Gotcher, John Matthew Gotcher & Winnie Malone Gotcher as children of WILLIAM GOTCHER and MARY ANN BOX. Pat believes this was drawn by descendants of Joshua Newton Gotcher since they are the main branch of the tree. Children of John M. Gotcher are also shown on this also.

According to census records the Jeffreys grandparents (Gainer & Polly) raised the children of John M. Gotcher & Nancy Ann Jeffreys.

Joshua Newton Gotcher married Susannah Jeffries 1851 Hempstead County, Arkansas. Hempstead County became Columbia County before the 1860 Census.

Another page Pat found in her aunt’s records said "WILLIAM GOTCHER of 1797. He was a doctor and lived in Tennessee and also had a son born in Tennessee. His wife was MARY ANN BOX and she was a beautiful woman and had light curly hair and blue eyes." The page also showed that William’s brother was James who was killed by the Indians in Lee County Texas in 1837. It showed their parents to be ________ Gotcher (1770) m. ___________ Malone. And says her father was a Dr.  It also says that they had a son James b. 1795 that was killed by the Indians.

[Based on recent DNA testing linking this family to the Henry Goucher family and based on the documented children of Henry Goucher Dianne Blankenstein believes that it is possible (not proven) that the Gotcher that married Malone was the son of Henry - Joshua Gotcher.]

Ernest Curb, 90 year old grandson, said "MARY ANN BOX could speak no English and the Gotchers were ‘Black Dutch’."


Information from the Curb family given to Viola Gotcher Jacks says that William died quite young and his wife married a Mr. Box and had son George Box that favored Joshua Newton Gotcher so much that people mistook him for Joshua.

The information also says that James Gotcher who was killed by the Indians was a brother to William Gotcher.  James' son Riley went back to live with the Indians after he was rescued.  When he left them he went to live with Joshua Newton Gotcher for awhile.


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