Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Col. John Goffe and his wife Hannah

         This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Bedford, New Hampshire

In memory of Col. John
Goffe Esq. & Mrs. Hannah his
Col. Goffe was             Mrs. Goffe was
bo     35th               born Octr. 2nd
    [illegible]               1702 & deceasd
[illegible]  86th Year        in the 96th Year  
of his age.         of her age.

The memory of the just is blessed


detail of the epitaph at the bottom of the tombstone
"The memory of the just is blessed"
Here is the vital information missing from this broken stone:

John Goffe, son of John Goffe and Hannah Parish, was born 25 March 1701 in Boston, Massachusetts and died 20 October 1786 in Derryfield (now Manchester), New Hampshire.  He is buried at the Old Burial Ground, which is now located in the town of Bedford, New Hampshire.  He married Hannah Griggs on 16 October 1722 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Ichabod Griggs and Margaret Bishop.  Margaret Bishop's grandfather was William Cogswell (1619 - 1700), the brother of my 8th great grandfather, John Cogswell (1622 - 1653).  

Hannah Parish's mother, Mercy Crispe (1648 - 1686) is the sister of my 9th great grandmother, Elizabeth Crispe Lawrence (1637- 1681).

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