John Lewis Goforth (son of Miles Goforth and Mary) was born 1757 in Caswell Co. North Carolina, and died 1796 in Greene Co. Tennessee. He married Mary on Abt. 1775 in North Carolina.
Notes for John Lewis Goforth: John Lewis Goforth, son of Miles Goforth and his wife Mary, was a Whig in the Revolutionary War. He lived in Rutherford Co., North Carolina from 1790-1793.
John's father, Miles Goforth, by 1793 was deceased when his brothers George and Ezekiel, and sister Suzanne's husband, Cornelius Clements, sent John Lewis Goforth back to Kent Co. Delaware to try to recover their fathers share of his brothers estate. In 1793 John traveled from Rutherford County, North Carolina to Kent Co., Delaware to claim the share, but the long trip ruined his health and left him penniless. John died three years later. All of his children were bound out. Court records mention there being six children and name three as follows:
Greene County, Tennessee Court Records 1783-1795
(page 427) 1795 The Jurors present and say that the orphans of John Goforth, decd., in number, four boys and two girls, are in desolate distressing condition- It is therefore ordered that a notice issue to the widow mother of said orphans to appear and shew (sic) cause why the said boys should not be bound to trade and the females suitable employments until they arrive at full age. Issued.
(page 435) 1795 Whereas the orphans of John Goforth, decd., are in a suffering and distressed condition both for food and phisic the Court have agreed with Doctor Holt to visit said children and direct them to the use of means for which he is to be allowed out of the County Tax and that Benjamin Crow and Samuel Gragg do carry this order into effect.
(page 441) 1795 Ordered that Mary Goforth be bound unto Jesse Lynch until she attain to the age of 18 years to learn to read etc., said orphan now of the age of eleven years past the first day of October last. 8 s pd or 1 Doll.
(page 442) 1795 Ordered that Miles Goforth to bound unto Joseph Porter until he attain to the age of twenty-one, said orphan boy being now of the age of nineteen the 16th day of November last.
(page 455) 1796 Agreeable to an order of last Term - the Court allows Doctor Holt the sum of 20 D 75 C for medicine, boarding etc. furnished to the orphans of John Goforth, decd., and that he be paid the same out of the County Tax. Issued to George Conway.
May Term 1797 Greenville, Greene County, Tennessee Court Records
May 8, 1797 Ordered that a citation issue against Jesse Lynch to appear at our next Court and shew (sic) cause why Mary Goforth an orphan formerly bound to Jesse Lynch should not be taken from the said Jesse, and bound to some other person - it appearing to the Court on the testimony of E. Baker, Esq. that the said orphan is abused. The above order is rescinded.
May 9, 1797 Jemima Goforth is bound unto Joseph Goforth until she attain to the age of eighteen years to learn the Seemstress Trade. Said orphan now of the age of five years. 1 dollar paid.
May 9, 1797 Ordered that Mary Goforth be bound unto Doctor William Holt until she shall attain to the age of eighteen years to learn the Miliner Art. Said orphan now of the age of thirteen years. 1 Doll remitted.
More About John Lewis Goforth and Mary: Marriage: Abt. 1775, North Carolina.