Goff Farm Cemetery

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Palmyra, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA
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The list of names was taken from Harriet Cole Bowen who recorded these burials for the DAR in 1939.
She wrote:
"Goff Burials"
"When Palmyra was a part of Blissfield Township, Ezra Goff and his son Timothy Bliss Goff, located land and settled on what is now Section 26, Palmyra Township, in 1826. Both men and their respective wives were buried on this farm near their cabin on a bluff overlooking the River Raisin.
The location is about 100 rods south of the present highway, known as the River Road, running from the west in to the village of Blissfield."

At the bottom of the list, she wrote:
"On the 21st of May, 1939, the Goff Descendants and Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of Adrian, Dedicated a boulder bearing the above inscriptions, to the honor of EZRA GOFF, REVOLUTIONARY HERO.

In the book located at the Adrian Library:
"Goff, Ezra was a fifer in Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter's Co., Col. Thomas Carpenter's Regt., Mass. Troops, and served 16 days marched from Rehobath, Mass. to Bristol, R.I. on the alarm of Dec 8, 1776; also a fifer in Capt. Mathaniel Carpenter's Co., Col. John Hathaway's Reg't., in which he enlisted Apr. 21, 1777, serving 23 days. This company was stationed at Tiverton, R.I. He was also a fifer in Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter's Co., Col. Josiah Whitney's Reg.t., and servied from May 31, to July 5, 1777 in R.I., also a drummer in Capt. Joseph Franklin's Co., (Rehoboth), Col. John Daggett's Reg't., serving from Jan 1, to Mar. 31 in R.I. He was also a fifer in Capt. Israel Hix's Co., Col. Josiah Whitney's Regt. and served from July 30, to Sept 10, 1778 on an expedition to R.I. This company was raised in Bristol Co., Mass. When he was 20 years old in 1780 he enlisted as a Private in Capt. George Webb's Co. that was raised to reinforce the Continental Army for the term of 6 months agreeable to the resolution of June 5, 1780 and which marched to camp July 11, 1789. His description as given under the enlistment is - Age 20, stature 5 feet, 7 inches, complection light.
(See Nat. Nos., 70476, 207979, 207911, 207982.)
Ezra Goff was honored by the Descendants of the family and the cooperation of Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution by the Dedication of a boulder bearing a bronze plate on May 21, 1939. It was placed on the farm originally the Goff's, but now owned by Mr. William H Ford, who was glad to have it placed on his lawn just south of the present highway. The plate bears the following inscription:
Ezra Goff
A Revolutionary Soldier
1760-1828
and his wife
Mehitable Bliss
1771-1835
also their son
Timothy Bliss Goff
1790-1833
and his wife
Sally Waite
1789-1841
They came from Royalston, Mass to Blissfield
1826
These Pioneers and buried near the bank of the River Raisin
One hundred rods south of this site.
Erected by
The Descendants of Ezra Goff
and
The Daughters of the American Revolution
(Insignia)
1938
Palmyra Township was organized from a part of Blissfield, 1834."

"Goff, Ezra, 7th child of William and Rebecca Whiting Goff, b. May 26, 1760 in Rehoboth, Mass., M. Mehitable Bliss, June 18, 1789. Their oldest son was Timothy Bliss Goff; m. Sallie Waite, Jan. 22, 1815 in Royalston, Mass. Ezra Goff Came to Blissfield, MI Territory, in the spring of 1826 and on June 19, 1826, procured a tract of land in sec. 31, Blissfield. Entered at the Federal Land Office, Monroe.
Ezra Goff enlisted as fifer at the age of 16y; later as drummer and when of proper age enlisted as private in Capt. George Webb's Co., and served through the war. (See "Mass. Sol & Sailors," Vol. VI.p 533.) He died August 28, 1828 in Blissfield. Buried on the bank of the Historic River Raisin, hear the situation of his son, Timothy B.'s cabin. This land is now Sec. 36, Palmyra Twp. Nat. No., 70476, 207979.
Boulder with Broze plate in memory of Ezra and Timothy B Goff and wives, dedicated May 21, 1939. Placed by Goff Descendants and Daughter of the American Revolution."

On East Gorman Road, near the river

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  • Added: 1 Oct 2012
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