When Cornelius Newton Goforth was born on 15 February 1870, in Dadeville, Dade, Missouri, United States, his father, James Harvey Goforth, was 36 and his mother, Mary Ann E Davidson, was 34. He married Ophelia Bray about 1900, in Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Ash Grove, Greene, Missouri, United States in 1930 and Clay Township, Greene, Missouri, United States in 1940. He died on 10 December 1952, in Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Ash Grove Cemetery, Ash Grove, Greene, Missouri, United States.
English (East Yorkshire): from the Middle English phrase go fair ‘travel safely’, later altered to Goforth, perhaps through confusion with Garforth .
In some cases probably also an Americanized form of German Goffart or of its very rare variant Goffarth: from a Lower Rhine variant of the personal name Gottfried .
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