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Re: Endsleys of Georgia, Texas
Posted by: Joseph Moore Date: October 14, 2001 at 09:48:04
In Reply to: Endsleys of Georgia, Texas by Joe Baggett of 685

Thank you for your superb posting on the Endsley family. I would like to make one correction regarding the children of James and Elizabeth (Miller) Endsley of Laurens County, SC., and Coweta and Campbell Counties, GA, the 8th child in your list, Elizabeth Endsley who married Enoch Couch. These two names come from erroneous information passed down in the Couch family of Senoia, Coweta County, and unfortunately published in several biographies of prominent Georgians and in other works containing Couch history. In fact, there does not appear to have been a daughter Elizabeth and there is no reason to believe that if she existed, she married Enoch Couch. Enoch Couch and Elizabeth Endsley were erroneously given as the parents of Mathew Couch (1791-1881) of Laurens County, SC, and Coweta County, GA. The father of Mathew Couch is proven by Laurens County deed records to have been James Couch who died in Laurens County, SC, 1840, leaving wife Mary (Polly) Couch, who later came to Coweta County, GA, where she lived with her son John Couch, and died there.

An Enoch Couch evidently did exist as the name appears in Anderson's History of Coweta County, GA, in a list of local militia raised for the Creek Indian campaign of 1836. This is the only documented appearance of Enoch Couch's name anywhere (and that from a secondary source) and he is presumed to have died unmarried during this campaign. He could have been a brother of Mathew Couch, but Enoch most certainly was not Mathew's father. I believe the names of Elizabeth Endsley and Enoch Couch can be removed from the children of James Endsley in Laurens County, SC, and Coweta County, GA.


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