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Re: 3 Goucher Brothers as Hessian Soldiers
Posted by: Eileen (Goucher) Barnes Date: October 26, 1999 at 08:21:03
In Reply to: 3 Goucher Brothers as Hessian Soldiers by Travis Goucher of 263

I am also researching the Goucher family name. I have some anecdotal material, and some material that has solid references. The tales state that three brothers came to the colonies as Hessian soldiers, and that the family had ORIGINALLY come from the lowlands of Germany. A census record says they came from England. They settled in New York state in Clinton County, Plattsburgh. Stillman and George went off to fight the barbary pirates and did not return, and John stayed in New York, fought in the war of 1812, and lived to be 98 years old. He had sons, George, John and Stillman, also I suspect a Wilson and an Orman. John,born about 1807, moved to Michigan, followed by Orman. George and Wilson stayed in New York. Stillman went to California. I come from the John Goucher line. He married Malinda Taylor and they had several children: Helen(NY 1830 census), Charlotte,Thirza, George, Albertus(my grandfather), and Emeline (MI 1850 census). If you can give me an e-mail address, or a snail-mail address, I would send more detailed information. I would like to know where they came from, England or France. I suspect that they came from England. There is a lot of anecdotal stuff, but it came from my aunt Gertrude (Benefiel) Goucher, told to my father, and he told me. Uncle Millard, aunt Gertie, and my father enjoyed a good story, and I suspect that they also enjoyed making it even better. So I take the stories with a grain of salt...a large grain of salt.... Hope to hear from some of you folks soon. I would like to add to my data, too.

Sincerely,

Eileen (Goucher) Barnes

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