Notes for Jemima Goforth: Jemima Goforth's father, John Lewis Goforth, was a Whig in the Revolutionary War and lived in Rutherford Co., North Carolina from 1790-1793. In 1793 John Lewis Goforth traveled from Rutherford County, North Carolina to Kent Co., Delaware to try to recover his fathers share of his brothers estate, but the long trip ruined his health, left him penniless, and he died three years later leaving six children. Jemima and her siblings were bound out. Court records mention Jemima Goforth 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 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 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.