George Wilbur Goff

Brief Life History of George Wilbur

When George Wilbur Goff was born on 5 August 1874, in Utica, Macomb, Michigan, United States, his father, Squire Stillman Goff, was 27 and his mother, Eliza Ann Henderson, was 19. He married Harriet Emma Duncan on 20 February 1898, in Klacking Township, Ogemaw, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Klacking Township, Ogemaw, Michigan, United States for about 60 years. He died on 9 December 1942, in West Branch, Ogemaw, Michigan, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Brookside Cemetery, West Branch, Ogemaw, Michigan, United States.

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George Wilbur Goff
Harriet Emma Duncan
Marriage: 20 February 1898
Edna Viola Goff
Maud L Goff
Hariett Emma Goff
Nancy H Goff
George S Goff
James Russel Goff
William Henry Goff
Fredrick Wellber Goff
Baby Son Goff
Idamay Goff
Robert Alma Goff
Vivian Lucille Goff

Sources (22)

  • George Goff, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Geo M Goff, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"
  • George W. Goff, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English: if originally pronounced with a soft G-, this is from the Middle English personal name Goff(e), Joff(e), a short form of Geoffrey (see Jeffrey ).

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.

Welsh and Cornish: nickname from a variant of Welsh or Cornish coch, goch ‘red(-haired)’; see Gough .

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

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