Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Major John Goffe, died 1813 in Bedford, New Hampshire

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

Memory of
Maj. John Goffe,
who died, Feb. 3
1818.  AE. 85
Also of
Mrs. Jemima.
his wife who died
Sept. 11, 1818,
AE. 90

The bottom of this tombstone is inscribed by the carver
"J. M'Conihe, Jr."

There is a long string of John Goffe’s in the GOFFE family of Bedford, New Hampshire:

Immigrant ancestor John Goffe (about 1648 – 1716) m. Hannah Sumner

Generation 2: Squire John Goffe (1677 – 1748) m Hannah Parish (my 1st cousin 10 generations removed)

Generation 3: Colonel John Goffe (1701 – 1786) m. Hannah Griggs

Generation 4: Major John Goffe (1727 – 1818) m. Jemima Holden.  This John Goffe, was born 16 Feburary 1727 in Londonderry, New Hampshire and died 11 September 1818 in Bedford, New Hampshire; married on 17 September 1749 to Jemima Holden.  They had eleven children!

Colonel John Goffe set up the original sawmill and grainmill on Crosby’s Brook, near the Merrimack River in what is now Bedford, NewHampshire.  The colonel set up his son in the business.  Major John Goffe served in the Revolutionary War, and so did several of his sons.  Two of his sons died in service during the Revolution.  Goffstown and “Goffe’s Falls” are named for Colonel John Goffe.

Three generations of John Goffes and their wives

Squire John Goffe, Colonel John Goffe and Major John Goffe are all buried side by side in the Old Burial Ground in Bedford, with their wives.  

Click here to see the tombstone of Colonel John Goffe

Click here to read more about Goffe's Mill in Bedford, New Hampshire:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Major John Goffe, died 1813 in Bedford, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 11, 2016,  (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/tombstone-tuesday-major-john-goffe-died.html: accessed [access date]). 

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