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From: "Gregory R. Aymond" <>
Subject: [LAWINN-L] Wash Adams Chronology
Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 18:05:38 -0500
Here is what I think, after attempting to piece together what everyone has
Little Wash was first married to Sarah Lucas (named in the Waggoner
book), and she died in 1880. The children appearing in Wash's household on
the 1880 Census (Joseph and Delilah) were from this first marriage with
Wash's 2nd marriage was to Alice Goff, who had left Winn Parish to
Rapides Parish, by 1877, with her mother Columbia and step-father William
Henderson Smith. At the age of 16, in 1877, Alice Goff married L. Battles
in Rapides. Something happened to Mr. Battles, and by the 1880 Census,
Alice Goff is then married to Little Wash and in his home in Winn Parish.
Apparently, they had married very shortly after the death of wife #1, Sarah
Lucas. The children named in the Waggoner book (Hardy and Columbia) are the
names of Alice Goff's mother and Alice's nephew (her brother's son), as they
were apparently named after Alice Goff's relatives, were most likely issue
of Wash's 2nd marriage to Alice Goff. Under this scenario, it was likely
Alice Goff Adams who was listed as having died in the newspaper article on
the death of Wash's wife.
Apparently then, Alice died after having those 2 children (with her
grave location unknown). By the 1887 murder of M.M. Smith, Little Wash had
married Janie Smith.
Once again, in case anyone is interested, Alice Goff was born in 1861 in
Robertson Co., TX., the 3rd and last child of James L. GOFF (b. abt. 1833 in
MS.) and Columbia ??? (also b. abt. 1833 somewhere in MS.). It is likely
that James and Columbia were married in Simpson Co., MS. abt. 1856 (which is
also where, I believe that the Isham and William Henderson Smith families
came from). James and Columbia moved from MS. to Texas, after the birth of
their 1st child, Ida, in 1857. In Texas, in 1859, their only son, Charles
Clinton Goff, was born. Somehow, James L. Goff enlisted into a Catahoula
Parish regiment and was stationed in Jackson, MS., where he died of disease
in 1862. Abt. 1865, William Henderson Smith's 1st wife, Mary Cook, died in
Winn Parish, and shortly thereafter, he and the widow Columbia Goff married,
and produced 3 children between them. In the mid-1870's William and
Columbia moved their family to the Philadelphia - Ruby - Wise area of
Rapides Parish. Columbia's granddaughter, Ida Goff (named after her aunt)
married Pat Smith of Winnfield, in the 1890's.
Annette - Mike and everyone else looking at Little Wash's chronology,
let me know if this sounds plausible to all of you.
Gregory R. Aymond