North Carolina, USA
Patriot of the American Revolution
William is believed to have died in Jefferson/Madison Co FL area after 1855, which was the last time his attorney's requested a review for his pension.
William applied twice for pension;
March 10, 1834 Jackson Co MS
And November 29, 1837 Territory of Florida County of Jefferson.
The firm 'Birchett & Downing' who represented William, wrote their last letter to the Pension Commission in Washington, dated January 17, 1855 requesting a re-examination of William's suspended pension. Which was denied.
He is the son of RS John Goff & 1st wife
RS John Goff
Thomas Goff m Tomzy Mathis
Civil Goff , Rice Mathis
Arrabicah Goff m. Frederick Williams
William married Sabra Mathis abt 1780 North Carolina
After Sabra's death, he moved to Louisiana, then to the Jefferson-Madison Co Florida area where he is believed to have expired after 1855.
Their children include;
William ; James ; Elizabeth ; Lewis ; Mary ; Ann Nancy ; Lazarus ; Edmond  and Susannah .
Pension application of William Goff R4089 fn26NC
Transcribed by Will Graves 8/16/08
State of Mississippi, County of Jackson
On this 10th day of March 1834, personally appeared before the Judges of the Probate Court now sitting in open Court William Goff Senior a resident of the United States in the County of Jackson and State of Mississippi aged 73 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated, in the revolutionary war between the United States, and England.
1st - With Captain Lanier under General Butler and Colonel Johnston he entered the service in the year of 1778, Served 5 months as a volunteer was in the battle at Stono and served with Colonel Lightle [sic , Archibald Lytle] and Major Eaton Continental officers in South Carolina that he resided in the County of Duplin North Carolina --
2nd - Tour as a Lieutenant and Captain Rutledge's horse Company and marched through North and South Carolina and Joined General Marion's Company at different times, 6 months Tower [sic, tour].
3rd Tour in Captain Van's [sic, Vann's?] Company under General Kenan 3 months tour.
4th - Tour as a Lieutenant in Captain Kenan's horse Company under General Kenan 3 months tour.
5th - Tour under Captain Rutledge's horse Company in which Captain Rutledge was killed by the
British near Wilmington North Carolina 3 months tour.
6th - Tour as a Lieutenant and Captain in Merritt's Company of Cavalry 3 months tour.
7th - Tour in Captain King Vans sic, Kenan's ?] horse Company 3 months tour-
8th - Tour served as a beef drover for the Army 4 months tour by the order of the General --
9th - Tour in Colonel Bloodworth's [sic, Bludworth's] Company 2 months Tour in which time he
served 32 months 5 months a volunteer foot man and 27 months as a Lieutenant horseman his Commission was signed by General Kenan was burned in a house and that it is not in his power to make any better testimony than what is here set forth. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a Claim to a pension or an annuity, except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of any agency in any State.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
S/ William Goff, X his mark
[Thomas Hunt a clergyman, and Matthew Carter gave the standard supporting affidavit.]
The Court propounded the following interrogatories to which he answers were given as they stand by William Goff Senior Claimant for a pension-
1st - When and in what year were you born? (answer-Duplin County North Carolina in the year A.D. 1761)
2nd - Have you any record of your age and if so where is it? (answer- None lost by Fire)
3rd - Where were you living when called into service: where have you lived since the Revolutionary War
and where do you now live? (answer- Duplin County North Carolina & Georgia & Mississippi)
4th - How were you called into service; were you drafted; did you volunteer or were you a substitute, and if in substitute, for whom? (answer- volunteer)
5th - State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops when you served, such Continental and militia regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service.
(answer- Generals Lincoln and Greene, Colonel Lytle, Major Eaton Continental & General Kenan and others volunteer officers--)
6th - Did you ever receive a commission, and if so, by whom was it signed and what has become of it?
(answer- by Received a Commissions signed by General Kenan and lost it by fire)
7th - State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief in your services as a soldier in the revolution.
(answer- Thomas Hunt Clergyman and Matthew Carter)
Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
S/ William Goff, X his mark
State of Mississippi, Jackson County
Personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace of the aforesaid State and County and first District – William Goff Senior who being duly Sworn, deposeth and saith that by reason of old age, and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his services but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned below and in the following grades for 5 months as a private in the year 1777 in the same year – for 6 months as a Lieutenant Cavalry – and in the year 1779 three – three-month tours –
Lieutenant Cavalry and in the year 1780 for two three-month tours, Lieutenant Cavalry and in the same year 4 months tour as Lieutenant ordered out by General Kenan to drive beef for the Army and that he served the above named tours under the officers named in the Declaration in the service of the United States and the deponent further says that his commission signed by General Kenan was burned in my house, and that he cannot make the satisfactory proof required by a living witness that he has any
knowledge of but has here set forth the best proof in his power for which he claims a pension according
to the merits of his case.
S/ William Goff, X his mark
Sabra Mathis Goff (1762 - 1829)*
William Goff (1781 - ____)*
Elizabeth Goff Fletcher (1784 - 1877)*
Mary Goff Carter (1788 - 1872)*
Susan Goff Davis (1801 - 1892)*
Created by: Linda Ellis
Record added: Jun 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54166871