George Walter Goff

Brief Life History of George Walter

When George Walter Goff was born on 7 April 1857, in Spencer, Clay, Iowa, United States, his father, Orrin Doud Goff, was 31 and his mother, Nancy Fassett, was 34. He married Sarah Alzada Swart on 5 May 1878, in Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Brookings, Dakota Territory, United States in 1880 and Benton, Oregon, United States for about 20 years. He died on 11 March 1935, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States.

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George Walter Goff
Sarah Alzada Swart
Marriage: 5 May 1878
Cora Ettie Goff
Minnie Edith Goff
Elmer George Goff

Sources (12)

  • Walter Goff in household of Orrin Goff, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Walter Goff, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • George Goff, "Oregon Death Index, 1903-1998"

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Historical Boundaries: 1858: Clay, Iowa, United States


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1880 · The Great Gale of 1880

The Great Gale of 1880 was a severe snow and wind storm that devastated parts of Oregon and Washington on January 9, 1880. The extratropical cyclone caused tides to rise seven feet, gale force winds, and snow accumulations of up to 18 inches.  

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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