My Revolutionary War Ancestors

We're back with more stories! This story was written by 13 year old Gabriel Goff of Lebanon, Indiana. He chose to write about ancestors of his who served in the Revolutionary War. Surprisingly, through this piece, I learned I am related to the Goff family! We have a common ancestor in William Parks, whom he writes about here. You find out amazing things when you share your family history. Thanks for submitting, Gabriel! 

                                                                My Ancestors

Statue of Revolutionary War Major General Nathanael Greene, located in the middle of Stanton Park, NE, Washington, D.C. Courtesy of: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog 

Statue of Revolutionary War Major General Nathanael Greene, located in the middle of Stanton Park, NE, Washington, D.C. Courtesy of: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog 

Several people have family members who are war veterans. I have gathered information about mine and have four of them listed from the Revolutionary War. They all fought in the war and they have their stories about their experience from the war.

James Goff was born on February 4, 1735, in England. His parents were named Hannah and Thiel. James had seventeen children Mary Anderson and Catherine Daugherty. He died on January 5, 1834, in Virginia at the age of 98, and was buried in Preston, West Virginia. He was my 6th great grandfather of on my dads side of the family. James served in the military in Virginia, his rank was patriotic service and he furnished supplies on the Continental Line.

John “Revolutionary John” Morrison was born on November 11, 1743, in Chester, Pennsylvania, He was the son of Margaret and Thomas, who immigrated from Aberdeen, Scotland. He married Sarah Potts in December 1771 in Iredell, North Carolina. They had eight children in 70 years. He died on July 9, 1835, in Iredell, Morrison Tartans North Carolina, At the age of 91, and was buried in Statesville, North Carolina. He was an American Revolution Private in North Carolina under Captain David Caldwell for two expeditions. On the third expedition, under Captain David Caldwell and Major Joseph Dixon, to go to Chiswell’s Lead Mines and haul a wagon load of lead from the mine to the residence of Captain Caldwell under great risk of life and property. He is quoted as saying, “I would much have preferred to have been in the lines with my gun and knapsack or mounted in a company of horse.” Another expedition John entered the service of the militia in the company of mounted men or mounted infantry commanded by Hugh Hall in pursuit of Cornwallis. Later, they were joined Colonel Lee, his light horse, and his men they were involved in a skirmish with about 200 Tories. Colonel Tarelton and his men were camped about a mile away. John is my 6th great grandfather on my mom’s side.

William Parks was born in Scotland. He had six sons and three daughters with Agnes Collier. He died in July 1833 in Garrard, Kentucky, Having lived a long life of 78 years, and was buried there. He was a revolutionary war soldier in the militia under Captain Montgomery and General Christy in Montgomery County, Virginia He died during the Cholera outbreak. They marched against the Cherokee Indians and then erected a garrison. William is my 5th great grandfather on my mom’s side.

George Wade Jr. was born on September 15, 1760, in Fayette, Pennsylvania. He married Nancy Howard in 1785. They had one child during their marriage. He died on October 30, 1842, in Monongalia, West Virginia, having lived a long life of 82 years. He served in the Revolutionary War as a private in Pennsylvania. He is my 6th great-grandfather on my dad’s side. He was drafted and marched under Captain John Cross and aided in building Fort McIntosh and Fort Laurens. His second campaign under Lieut. Philip Pierce and was said to have been an Indian spy. The four of my ancestors I have listed all fought in the Revolutionary War. Many people have family members who are war veterans. The war veterans who have served our country gave us our freedom and the ultimate sacrifice.

My name is Gabriel Goff and I’m 13 years old.  I go to Lebanon Middle School.  I swim competitively for the Lebanon Middle School and Lebanon Swim Club.  I also play in the band and jazz band.  

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