Name: George W GOUCHER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Birth: 26 AUG 1820 in Near Parkersburg, Wood Co., Virginia
Death: 8 APR 1892 in Amity, Yamhill Co., Oregon
Burial: 1892 Amity Cemetery, Amity, Yamhill Co., Oregon
Occupation: Doctor of Medicine
ORDN: Ordained Minister
Census: 1860 Shows George as a Doctor of Medicine, living in Contra Costa Co., Lafayette, California, with wife Dollia A and 3 children.
Census: 1850 Shows G. Goucher, age 30, a Physican, living in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., California
Census: 1870 Shows George, age 50 and a Physician, with new wife, Laura, age 40, children William, age 14, Elme, age 12, Nora, age 5, Emeline, age 3, and Delilah, age 7 months, David Morrison, age 32, farm laborer, all living in Lafeyette, Yamhill Co., Oregon
Census: 1880 Shows George, age 58 and a Physician, now married to Almira Trumbull Sherman, age 57, stepdaughter, Minnie Sherman, age 15, and daughter Nora Goucher, age 15, John Wright, age 25, a boarder, all living in Amity, Yamhill Co., Oregon.
Military Service: MAY 1846 Mexican War Enlisted May 1846 with the Louisiana Volunteers
Military Service: Served under General Smith, as Assistant Surgeon, participated in the battles of Monterey, Molino, Del Rey and Buena Vista. Discharged spring of 1847 at Vera Cruse.
Probate: APR 1893 Record #895 G.W. Goucher died April 8, 1893 testate Adm: Elma E Goucher.
GRAD: 1842 Cleveland Medical College
Mississippi State and Territorial Census Collection, 1792-1866
Name: George Goucher
Census Date: 1841
Shows 1 Male and 1 Female
David Casto has was kind enough to supply copies of the Mexican War Papers and a copy of the Biography from "An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon".
From the Mexican War Pension Papers:
Dr. Goucher states his residence as Port Coufree Louisiana from 1847 to 1849, Centerville California from 1849 to 1864, Lafayette, Dallas & Amity Oregon since.
Papers also state that he was born near Parkersburg, Virginia.
From "An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon" by H.K. Hines, 1893:
After medical school graduation in 1842, George began practice in Mississippi, where he remained until 1846. He then served in the Mexican war under General Smith, as Assistant Surgeon, and participated in the battles of Monterey, Molino, Del Rey and Buena Vista. After the close of the war he spent a short time in Vera Cruz, when, in
1849, he came to California, via the Isthmus. He mined on the Tuolumne river, at Hawkins' bar, for nearly a year, taking out during that time, considerable gold. He then practiced his profession at San Jose and in Alameda county, and while in the latter place was one of the organizers of the county, being elected its first Assessor, and was elected and served as County Superintendent of Schools and organized the first school districts in the county. In 1864 he removed to Yam Hill county, Oregon, where he began to practice his profession.
The following is a portion of the Obituary for George W Goucher
George Goucher practiced medicine for many years in Mississippi, Louisiana and other Southern states. At the outbreak of the Mexican War, he volunteered to serve. Durning the time of the Gold excitement in California, he left New Orleans for the Isthmus of Panama and there with a company of 199 others, purchased a Spanish Brig, converted it into an American craft, and sailed for California, reaching the state in 1849. He was first married in California. ( This being the second of 5 wives) In 1864 he came to Oregon. Some years ago, George was ordained to preach the gospel. For over a year he occupied the Dallas Oregon Circuit for the M. E. Church South. (It was not uncommon to have more than one profession.)
The following portion is from the Book, Some Oregon Branches of the Young, Owens and Sherman Families, by Bonnie Alderman, Printed by The Valley Herald, Milton-Freewater, Oregon, May 6, 1982.
Dr. Goucher, known as "Old Doc", mixed his medicines and tonics in the kitchen of Mrs. Sherman. Jennie Sherman remembered him stirring and stirring the liquid on the stove, then bottling it, to have on hand for his patients. His son, Elma (pronounced Elmy) was in medical school, in Portland, durning this time, but was a frequent visitor. Elma was known as "Young Doc". George Goucher married Almira Sherman in 1878, wife number "3". In 1882, Minnie Sherman and Robert Boyd Chaney were married by Dr./Rev. Goucher, in the Sherman family home, in Amity, Yamhill Co., Oregon.
Probate Record #895. George W. Goucher died April 8, 1893 testate. Adm: Elma E. Goucher. Heirs: Catherine E. Goucher, widow, 47, Yamhill Co., Elma E. Goucher, son, 35, Yamhill Co., Nora Springer, daughter, 27, Crook Co., Oregon, Delilah Maddox, daughter, over 21, Multnomah Co., Oregon.
Note*** The 1890 Veterans schedule, shows George Goucher in Amity Oregon, for service in the War of the Rebellion. The first two pages of the schedule reflect the listing for the War of the Rebellion, and show all information on each solider listed. George is listed on the third page of three, showing as a special schedule, with only their name and rank as soldier, Post Office as Amity Oregon, no other information is listed.
The pension file, from the National Archives shows George W Goucher was born August 26, 1820, near Parkersburg Virginia.
**Note - The 1870 census shows George married to "Laura", however, from the Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, George W Goucher, states his wife died in 1875, implying Delilah Morrison, first wife. Laura Possible 2 wife?
Father: William GOUCHER b: BET 1775 AND 1794 in Rockbridger Co., Virginia
Mother: Sarah CASTO b: BET 1791 AND 1794
5 SEP 1839
in Virginia / West Virginia 9
- Note: Virginia Marriages 1740 - 1850; George Gouger married Sophonia Phelps 3 Sept 1839 Wood Co., VA
Delilah Ann MORRISON b: ABT 1831 in Indiana
19 OCT 1854
in San Francisco, California
- William GOUCHER b: ABT 1856 in California
- Elma Everet GOUCHER b: 12 MAR 1858 in Sonoma Co., California
- Delph GOUCHER b: 1859 in California
- Nora GOUCHER b: MAR 1865 in Oregon
- Emiline GOUCHER b: ABT 1867 in Oregon
- Delilah GOUCHER b: 1869 in Oregon
Jane LINDSAY b: 8 DEC 1840
12 JUN 1876
in Yamhill Co., Oregon
in By Rev. Angelo Hardison At house of Moses Morgan, with Moses Morgan and Jemima Morgan as witnesses.
Almira P TRUMBULL b: 27 MAY 1829 in Castleton, Vermont
in Amity, Yamhill Co., Oregon
Catherine E SELTZER b: DEC 1842 in Ohio
in Amity, Yamhill Co., Oregon
- Title: 1880 Census, Oregon, Yamhill Co., Amity, Series: T9, Roll: 1084, PG: 463
- Title: 1892 Obituary for George W. Goucher
- Title: Probate Record #895, Yamhill Co., Oregon
- Title: 1860 Census, California, Contra Costa Co., Lafayette & Alamo, Series: M653, Roll: 57
- Title: 1870 Census, Oregon, Yamhill Co., Lafayette Pct., Series: M593, Roll: 1288, PG: 531
- Title: BOOK: Some Oregon Branches of the Young, Owens and Sherman Families
- Title: Amity Cemetery, Amity, Yamhill Co., Oregon, Mrs. Baker
- Title: Mississippi State and Territorial Census Collection, 1792-1866 George Goucher 1841
- Title: Virginia Marriages 1740 - 1850