James Nelson Goff

22 May 1809–14 February 1879 (Age 69)
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of James Nelson

When James Nelson Goff was born on 22 May 1809, in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Sylvester Goff, was 44 and his mother, Rebecca Bliss, was 37. He married Mary E. Hicks on 19 October 1843, in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870. He died on 14 February 1879, in Seekonk, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

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James Nelson Goff
Mary E. Hicks
Marriage: 19 October 1843
James Howard Goff
Mary Josephine Goff
Henry Hamilton Goff
Eliza E. Goff
Harriet A. Goff
Rebecca Goff
Sylvester Wilson Goff

Spouse and Children


    Mary E. Hicks


19 October 1843
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States


    James Howard Goff


    Mary Josephine Goff


    Henry Hamilton Goff


    Eliza E. Goff



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World Events (8)


Age 3

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 3

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 21

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

1 Welsh: nickname for a redhaired person ( see Gough ).2 English (of Cornish and Breton origin): occupational name from Cornish and Breton goff ‘smith’ (cognate with Gaelic gobha). The surname is common in East Anglia, where it is of Breton origin, introduced by followers of William the Conqueror.3 Irish: reduced form of McGoff .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James N Goff, "Massachusetts State Census, 1865"
  • James N Goff, "Massachusetts State Census, 1865"
  • James N Goff, "United States Census, 1870"

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