Do you have the right Richard Gott as father of Powell
Recently a friend let me know that his DNA results were in. He needed some help on his ancestry, particularly the lineage of his grandmother, Cora Gott Mayfield. Looking at the online trees, the problem became apparent. The online trees were based off one erroneous source. They were all suggesting his ancestor, Powell Gott, was son of Richard Gott b. 1792 and wife, Milly Mannen, of Warren Co, KY. Since all the trees said the same thing, it seemed to be true and proven. Unfortunately, all appear to be relying on other online trees, not original records, and ultimately from the same source. That source may be this online query:
There was no confirmation (and apparently the poster did not know about Richard Gott in Marion Co, IN) but this post from 2004 seems to be the earliest that I find Powell connected to Warren County Gotts.
danger of online pedigrees is that anyone can put anything online, but that
does not mean it is correct–there needs to be some evidence! You must do (or hire someone to do) the
research into original records to confirm everything. Your DNA will match, but all of your matches
have to have the correct information to make it worthwhile.
are the notes, evidence, and proof that Powell Gott was NOT the son of Richard
Gott of Warren County, Kentucky, but another Richard Gott born between 1770 and
1775, married to Mary Hines. I have
included my steps in the process to help others in similar situations.
Locate the “low-hanging fruit”–the easy
records to find! In this case, census,
marriage, and cemetery records. Powell
is named in the 1840,
census records. He died in 1869. No marriage record was found, but he does have
a tombstone. Since Powell was in Sullivan County, Indiana,
we should broaden our search in that county.
Locate other Gotts in the county. The census records list several other Gotts
in Sullivan County. Among them are Lewis
b. 1809, Jonathan b. 1810, Richard b 1815, and Powell b. 1818. The age of these men make them most likely to
be Powell’s brothers.
Age based on 1850 Census Sullivan Co
(unless otherwise noted)
p. 95, Jonath’n Gott, age 20-30 Lewis Gott, age 30-40
age 40, bp KY in 1850 Putnam Co, IN. age 41, bp KY in 1850; wife is Eliza.
Richard Gott, age 30-40
age 35, bp KY in 1850
Powell Gott, age 20-30
age 32, bp KY in 1850
Now we have a few more names to find.
3. Do a statewide search for records. If you use the Indiana Marriage Database to 1850, and search Gott, you’ll find that Jonathan Gott married Margaret Harris 12 Feb 1834, in Montgomery County, Indiana; and Lewis married Eliza Groves 27 Nov 1828, in Marion County, Indiana. Both of these places are significant. There is a large family of Gotts in Montgomery County, all are descendants of Robert Gott, Sr (1745-1840) Revolutionary War veteran. If Jonathan is part of that family, Powell would be also.
Lewis is in Marion County.
Additional records in Marion County include the marriages of William Gott to Elizabeth Groves, 1828; and Thomas to Ann Wright, 1835. (The 1850 Marion Co census, shows Thomas was b. 1811 KY.)
4. Search for census records in Indiana. There will be several in Montgomery County, but in Marion County there are only three in 1830; we see Richard, Richard again, and William.
William is age
20-30—b. 1800-10. This could be another
Richard (listed twice)
age 50-60—b. 1770-80. This age makes him
the logical father. He has four younger
males in 1830, two age 10-15—born 1815-1820, and two age 15-20—born 1810-15.
Lewis is already married, so these four sons are Thomas
and Jonathan, and Richard and Powell.
So, we have found
a man old enough to be the father of Powell and his brothers–Richard age
Where did he come from?
5. Do a broad search for Richard Gott of this age in the U.S. census records for 1820 and 1810. By doing this, we find there is a Richard Gott the right age in 1820 and 1810 in Shelby Co, KY, and also in Orange Co, NC. Analyzing these records, we notice that Richard in NC had no sons. Richard in Shelby did have sons–six to be exact. Also, the Gotts from Montgomery County, Indiana, are all listed in Shelby County, too. This connects all the records together.
6. Evaluate: Powell was born in 1817 in Kentucky. He lives near several Gott men about the same age. At least one of them was married in Marion Co, IN. In Marion County, we find Richard who is old enough to be the father, and in 1810 and 1820, we find Richard in KY with males the right ages to be these men. No direct evidence was found, but all the other pieces seems to fit.
Now, we work the other route of this tree—looking for
records about Richard and Milly Mannen Gott to see if it is possible that they
are Powell Gott’s parents.
Check the marriage records. Richard and Milly were married in 8 Sep 1814, in Warren County, Kentucky. Although timewise they could be parents of Powell and Richard, they could not be parents of Lewis and the older brothers.
Richard is listed in Warren
at the same time another Richard is listed in Marion Co, IN. So there are
definitely two men with that name.
In 1820 Warren Co KY census,
Richard only has one male under 10 and two females under 10.
In the 1830 census, Richard has one male 10-15, and one male under 5. This indicates that he only had one son born
1815 and 1820.
Richard only has one son
born around 1820 or earlier, and that is Simon Peter Gott. Richard signs the marriage consent for Simon’s
marriage in 1840.
Therefore, Powell, born in 1817, could not be Richard and Milly’s son. NOTE:
Deeds in the 1860s mention the “division of lands of Richard Gott” in Warren
County. That division of land should
name all his heirs. (Unfortunately, I have not found it.)
Evaluate: If Richard and Milly are parents of Powell,
they should have a son under 10 in their 1820 and two sons 10-15 (Simon P. and
Powell) in the 1830 household. Although
they do have one son in the right age range, that son must be Simon Peter Gott,
their oldest son. There is no mark for
Richard Gott and Milly Mannen
are unlikely candidates for the parents of Powell Gott, but Richard Gott and
Mary Hines of Shelby County, Kentucky, and Marion County, Indiana, certainly
fit the bill.
States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHTL-N5T : 7 September 2017), Powel
Gott, Sullivan, Indiana, United States; citing p. 50, NARA microfilm
publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records
Administration, n.d.), roll 94; FHL microfilm 7,730.
States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHV4-XCR
: 12 April 2016), Powel Gott, Haddon, Sullivan, Indiana, United States; citing
family 221, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National
Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 May
2019), memorial page for Powell Gott (10 Jan 1818–9 Sep 1869), Find A Grave
Memorial no. 19583978, citing Smith Cemetery, Dugger, Sullivan County, Indiana,
USA ; Maintained by StephanieSN (contributor 47383699) .
U.S. Census, Marion County, IN. Richard
is listed once in Center Township and again in Warren Township. The data is not exactly the same, but the
number of people is.
County Marriages, 1797-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2QD-Q1T4 : 17 May 2018), Richard Gott
and Milly Mannen, 8 Sep 1814; citing Marriage, , Warren, Kentucky, United
States, various county clerks and county courts, Kentucky; FHL microfilm
Check the 1830 census records for Warren County, Kentucky, compared to the
Marion County, Indiana, information.
When I started genealogy research
in 1983, at the age of 13, I was blessed to have several long-time researchers
as penpals. All my original research was
conducted through letters to these friends—most now passed on—and to
courthouses. With the advent of the
internet, correspondence was made quicker.
Today Familysearch.org and Ancestry.com make locating hard-to-get
records as simple as opening up your laptop.
There are records that the previous researchers never saw, maybe did not
know existed. These records provide
evidence of a different story for the Gott genealogy.
The accepted genealogy—or at least
the one you see most often online—is that Richard Gott b. 1734 in Maryland, and
his brother, Robert Gott b. 1745, lived in Orange County, NC. Richard was married to Margaret Weems and had
several children: Martha Gott Doyle, Sutton Gott, John D. Gott, Hannah Gott
Reese, Richard Gott, Mary Gott Squires, Jonathan S. Gott, Elizabeth Gott Reese,
and Peter Gott.[i] BUT there are problems. No records give us
any indication of Richard Gott’s age, so his birth year is a guess. The Richard
and Margaret Gott who sold land to a Weems, did so in 1772 in Maryland,[ii]
and Richard Gott was already in North Carolina at that time—so Margaret may not
be his wife’s name at all. The Richard Gott born about 1734 is likely the same
Richard listed in 1767, Gunpowder Manor, Dorchester County[iii]
when Richard should be in North Carolina—so 1734 might not be his birthdate.
Robert’s story is a true mess. A separate article is necessary to present
the problems and make corrections to his biography. Most online trees mix up Robert’s
grandchildren with his children. Robert’s first wife is unknown. His children by her were born between 1765
and 1799. After he moved to Shelby County, Kentucky, Robert married a widow,
Lydia Nichols, and had four more children—William Nichols Gott, Wilson M. Gott,
Sarah Gott Maddox Scott, and Dann B. Gott[iv]—and
a step-daughter, Mary Ellender “Polly” Nichols Hall.[v]
That Richard and Robert of Orange
County, North Carolina moved to Shelby County, Kentucky has never been
disputed. We see the connections from
other Orange County names who are neighbors in Kentucky—the Doyles and Stubbins
The Shelby County tax lists are
preserved and available on microfilm. My
initial research conducted in the early 2000s utilized the films available at
the Willard Library, Evansville, IN.
Familysearch has digitized these films, and they can now be accessed
online with a free account. Six
microfilm reels cover the years 1792 through 1875. Lists for 1792 through 1815 (with a few years
missing) is film No. 7834508; 1816-1829 is film No. 7834509. By 1830, all of the Gotts had moved out of
Shelby County, but lists for 1830 and beyond can be found on flims Nos.
8140981, 8539494, and 8188402. The film
No. 8516104 for 1868-1875 has not yet been digitized.
Tax lists are important, but often
overlooked, records. The earliest tax
lists for Kentucky followed the Virginia format. The head of household is named, with tallies
for white males over 21, white males 16-21, blacks of specific ages, and
livestock. Between the years of the
decennial federal census, tax lists can often help to verify whose household a
recently married man came from. That is
the process used for this report.
Additionally, if someone disappears from a tax list, he may have died or
moved away. Often a list will show the
“estate” of a person being taxed which can confirm the death. When using tax lists, it is important to know
what information was being sought. Up to
1808, Kentucky lists show males age 16-21, but not after 1811. The 1822 tax
list asked for children of school age—including females. Sometimes tidbits of information included in
the name, like “of Richard” can determine parentage. Land was taxed, and the lists will show if a
man owned land, owned land in other counties, and who first held the patent for
the land, which could show descent through ownership. Familysearch has digitized most, if not all,
the tax lists for Kentucky, and they can be viewed with a free account.
The first Gott to appear in Shelby
County, Kentucky, is Sutton Gott in 1799 with one male over 21 (himself) and 2
horses.[vi] This indicates that Sutton was born before
1778, and most genealogies put his birth at 1764. Sutton is found in Henry
County, Kentucky after 1799.[vii] Henry County was formed from Shelby County in
Also in 1799, Samuel Doyel, Sr, Farmer Doyel, Samuel Jr., and Thomas Doyel are
listed on page 6.[ix] By 1800, Gregory Doyel had joined the group.[x]
Martha Gott married Gregory Doyle in 1785, in Orange County, North Carolina.[xi]
1800 Tax list,
page 7, lines 6-8 show the three Gotts listed.[xii]
29–Richard Gott—no land—1 over 21, one 16-21, 2 horses
Robert Gott—1 over 21, 2 16-21, 3 horses
30–Richard Gott, Jr.—one over 21.
All the 1800 tax list indicates is
that there were three adult male Gotts with households. We can figure out that Richard Gott, Jr. is
obviously of a younger generation. This
then indicates that the supposed brothers—Richard and Robert—are there
together: Richard has one male—likely a son—age 16-21, and Robert has two males
16-21. Richard Jr. could be the son of
either man because in early records “junior” only means “younger” not “son
of.” This Richard Jr is the son of
What happened to Richard, Jr.? Or is this Richard the Junior and old Richard
is missing? It really could be
either. Richard, Jr. in 1800 has no
horse, and this 1801 Richard has no horse.
Based on the next year’s list, and knowing that John Gott (son of
Richard) married Gracie Stubbins in Jan of 1802[xv]
in Orange County, North Carolina, and then appears in Shelby County in April[xvi]—it
must be that John and Richard returned to North Carolina in 1801, settled up
accounts there, then returned to Kentucky.
By 1802, all are back in Shelby County.
8—line 6, Richard Gott, Sen—one over 21, 1 horse
line 7, John Gott, Jr.—one over 21, 1 horse
10—line 9, John Gott, Sr.—one over, 1 horse
14—line 13, Robert Gott 2 over 21, 1 16-21, 2 horses
line 14, Richard Gott Jr. one over 21, 1
There seems to be a nice grouping
of families in this list. Richard Gott,
Sr. with his son, called John Gott, Jr (because he is younger than another John
Gott); Robert Gott with his son, Richard, Jr.
John Gott, Sr. is between the families, but with additional information,[xviii]
one can determine that he is the son of Robert Sr. Note that Richard Gott, Sr. has no other
males in his household—at least none over 16 (born before 1786). If Richard Sr. had any sons left in his house,
they would be tallied here. This is an
important point when determining who his sons are and are not.
Robert Gott, Sr. shows himself over
21, another male over 21 (born before 1781), and two males 16-21. The tax lists shows us that Robert Gott, Sr
is the only one left with younger males in his household.
From 1803 through 1809, we will see
a pattern of Gott men marrying and creating new households at the same time a
male disappears from the home of Robert Gott, Sr. The logical conclusion is that he has sons
who are coming of age (age 21) and setting up their own homes. One being John Gott who married Elizabeth
Tucker, on 25 March, 1803, in Shelby County.[xix]
Mar12—p 7, line 28, Richard
Gott Jun.—one over 21, 2 horses
29, John Gott—one over 21, 2 horses
Mar 17—p 7, line 32
(last line) John Gott son of Richard—one over 21, 1 horse
8, line 1, Robert Gott Jr.—one over 21, 1 horse
Ap 14—p 8, line 10, Richard
Gott Sen—one over 21
Jun 14—p 9, line 5, Robert
Gott Sen—61a Fox Run—one over 21, 2 16-21, 3 horses
By 1803, the Gott men are starting
to purchase land. Robert Gott, Sr. buys
61 acres on Fox Run.
We see Richard Gott Sr, by himself. We see both John Gott (son of Robert Sr) next
to Richard Jr (son of Robert Sr). We see
John “son of Richard” as well. This
year, we see that Robert Sr lost a male over 21 from the 1802 list, and a
Robert Gott, Jr. appears as a new household on the list. Robert Gott Jr. married Rachel Cole on 12
October 1802.[xxi] Based on his appearance in the tax list at
the time when Robert Sr loses a male—Robert Gott, Jr. must be the son of Robert
Gott, Sr. Robert Gott , Jr. was born
about 1781.[xxii] Robert Gott Sr still has two males 16-21 in
1—p 9, line 24, Jonathan Gott –1 over21, 2 horses
7—p 9, line 26 (last line) Robert Gott Sr—61a Fox Run—1 over, 1 16-21, 3 horses
P 10, line 1, Robert Gott Jr.—1 over, 2
10—p 10, line 2, John Gott—100a Christian Co, Little Riv. 2 over 21, 2 horses
11—p 11, line 6, Richard Gott—one over, 2 horses
line, 7, John Gott—one over, 2 horse.
Life starts to move a little
faster. We see the previous players from
1803, except for Richard Gott, Sr. Since
Richard drops off the list in 1804, it is assumed he died about 1803. This is where all genealogies get the death
date of 1803, Shelby County, Kentucky.
Technically, we do not know he is dead, but it is a logical conclusion. There are no probate or deed records for
Richard Gott, Sr.
A Jonathon Gott appears, age over
21, and guess what! Robert Gott, Sr.
loses a male in the 16-21 category. This
would show us that Jonathan is 1) the son of Robert Gott Sr., 2) age 20 in
1803, but 3) age 21 in 1804. Jonathan
was born then in 1783. Jonathan Gott
married Maryann Brackett on 11 August 1803, in Shelby County.[xxiv] Jonathan has always been placed in the family
of Richard Gott, Sr, probably because he moved to Warren County, Kentucky. If Jonathan were the son of Richard, Sr, He
would be listed in Richard’s household in 1800, 1802, and 1803. Since he is
not, and there are no records to support this parentage, the tax list is
evidence that Robert Gott, Sr is Jonathan’s father.
A recap of the first families of
Gotts in Shelby shows us that there was a Richard Gott, Sr who had a confirmed
son, John, known as John of Richard or John, Jr. There was a Robert Gott, Sr. who had several
sons including Richard, Jr., John (of age by 1802), Robert, Jr. (of age by
1803), and Jonathan (of age by 1804). In
1804, Robert Gott, Sr. still has a male age 16-21—born between 1783 and 1788.
In 1805, the details are basically
the same.[xxv] All the men are listed as over 21, heads of
households. Robert Gott, Sr., still has
one additional male age 16-21. (This
narrows down the son’s age between 17 and 20 based on the age in 1804 and
1805—born between 1785 and 1788.)
Jonathan is gone. One John Gott owns 40
acres on Bull Skin in Shelby County. (This is John Gott, Jr., also known as,
John D. Gott, son of Richard, Sr.[xxvii]) Richard, the other John, and Robert, Jr. are
listed. Robert, Sr. is listed on page 8,
line 1, with his 61 acres of land and no other males in his household. Right below him, line 2, is Peter Gott, head
of household, but only 16-21. Peter Gott
married Margarette McClemants on 9 December 1805, in Shelby County. Since he was underage, he would need his
father’s consent, but no consent has been located. Based on Peter’s appearance on the tax lists
in 1806, a few months after his marriage in December 1805; and knowing Robert
Gott, Sr. had a son the right age in 1805, Peter must be Robert’s son. Peter is always shown as a son of Richard
Gott, Sr.; however, Richard, Sr. has no males the right age in his household in
earlier tax records. Just like Jonathan
Gott, there are no records to support that parentage, but the tax lists are
evidence that Peter is the son of Robert, Sr.
Jonathan and Peter seem to move in tandem, first to Warren County,
Kentucky, then eventually their families end up in Greene County, Missouri.
By 1807, the Gott men are moving
out of the county of Shelby. Peter is
still listed, age 16-21; Robert (with no land) is next to Peter.[xxviii] On the next page is John Gott (no land),[xxix]
and further down the page is Robert Gott, Sr., with 61 acres of land and a new
male age 16-21.[xxx]
Only one John is listed from 1807 on, and it would appear John Gott, Sr. (son
of Robert Gott, Sr.) had moved away.[xxxi]
In 1808, John Gott[xxxii]
is listed several lines above Robert Gott, Sr. (61 acres) who has a male 16-21.[xxxiii] Below Robert is Peter Gott, now 21—making his
birth year about 1787; below Peter is Robert Gott, Junior.[xxxiv]
In 1809, the state of Kentucky did
not ask for males age 16-21. Robert,
Jr., Richard, Peter, and Robert, Sr. (with 68 acres) are listed as heads of
household.[xxxv] Further down is John Gott.[xxxvi]
There is no 1810 Tax list for
Shelby County, but that is the year of the federal census. The census gives us additional information
about the families by including the females.
The numbers below indicate males under 10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, and 45+;
females under 10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, and 45+.
677, line 3 John D. Gott 30010—20010
676, line 3 Richard Gott 21010—20010
714, line 17 Robert Gott 30010—10010
721, line 4 Robert Gott 30101—11101
730, line 9 Peter Gott 20100—10100
Based on this information, Robert
Gott, Sr is obviously the oldest man listed, age over 45. He has one male
16-26, which fits with the data in the tax records of 1808. This narrows that son’s birth year to between
1787 and 1792. Robert has females
including his wife, Lydia, two older daughters, and then four children under
10, the children by Lydia. Based on the tax lists, all the other men are his
sons, except for John D. Gott.
Peter, listed as 16-26, would be 23 based on the analysis of the tax
records above. Adding additional support
that Peter is the son of Robert, Sr., the census shows Peter living next to
Powell Skelton who married Hannah Gott on 28 May, 1805.[xxxvii] Hannah is the daughter of Robert, Sr. Next to Powell is Daniel Butler who married
Margaret Gott, another daughter of Robert, Sr.[xxxviii]
In 1811, the Shelby County tax list
again asks for males 16-21, and Robert Gott, Sr has a male in that age bracket.[xxxix]
Richard and Peter appear on page 14 of that list, and Robert , Jr. and Sr. are
on page 15, and John is on page 16.[xl] In 1812, the only age bracket for white males
is 21 and older, but this is the year Thomas Gott shows up on the tax lists as
a 21-year-old landholder with 54 acres on Fox Run. Thomas is the next Gott male to arrive of age
from Robert Senior’s household. From the
records, it appears Thomas was the youngest son by Robert Senior’s unknown
first wife. No new Gott households will
appear until the year 1825 when William Nichols Gott comes of age. William N. Gott is the son of Robert Gott Sr
and Lydia—if he is 21 in 1825, his birth year before 1804.
John D. Gott last appears in Shelby
County in 1819.[xli] He moves to Warren County, Kentucky.[xlii]
Richard Gott’s last appearance is in 1824.[xliii] He is located in Marion County, Indiana on
the 1830 U.S. census.[xliv] The year 1827 is Thomas Gott’s last tax
record in Shelby,[xlv]
and he moves to Montgomery County, Indiana.
and Robert Jr. remain until 1828,[xlvii]
but both move to Montgomery County, Indiana, as well. Robert Gott, Sr. is the only one left in tax
lists in 1829.[xlviii] An 1824 deed between Robert and Lydia to
their son, Dann B. Gott recites that Dann was to get the land as long as he
took care of his parents.[xlix] Another deed shows Robert and Lydia, and Dann
and, his wife, Eliza Jane (nee Hannah) Gott selling that land in 1830[l]
and moving to Montgomery County, Indiana.
They are not listed on the 1830 tax list. Robert Gott, Senior’s last appearance was in
1829, page 33, line 30—the last line on the page.[li]
Robert and Richard Gott may have
been brothers. This has not been fully
proved. There are no records to give an
indication of Richard’s age. Another possibility could be that Richard, Sr. was
Robert, Sr’s father, and he had younger children by an unknown wife. There are no known marriage records for
Richard Gott. We do know that Richard
had children of comparable age to Robert’s children, and some of them had the
same names. There were two Richards in
the children’s generation; two Johns, two Hannahs, and two Elizabeths. Richard Gott, Sr. had at least those
children, but finding evidence that Peter and Jonathan S. Gott are sons of
Robert Gott, Sr, and not of Richard Gott, Sr. calls every one of his assumed
children into question. Could Sutton
Gott be the son of Robert Gott, Sr. as well?
Even if he is Richard, Sr’s son, is he Robert, Sr’s half-brother or
nephew? No one has yet provided records
to prove the kinship of Sutton to the rest of the family.
So, it is now the duty of
responsible genealogists to ask, “What records prove my Gott pedigree?” Many will be surprised that the top branches
are built on guesswork, not facts. What
should hold greater credence? An
unsourced genealogy passed down by researchers from decades ago, or actual
records, like these tax lists, that have been analyzed, perhaps, for the very
RECORDS ARE AMAZING THINGS!
The children of Robert Gott, Sr.
can be proven with records. Since there
were people in the next generation with the same name, we can pinpoint some of
Richard’s children by default—Richard Gott (c. 1821 Orange Co, NC), John D.
Gott, Hannah Gott Reese, and Elizabeth Gott Reese. If some of the children of Richard were
misattributed to his family, others could be also—there are (as yet) no
conclusive records to link Martha Gott Doyle, Sutton Gott, or Mary Gott Squires
to Richard, Sr. or to Robert Sr.
Records do connect children to Robert, Sr. and these records change the accepted online genealogies. There are gaps in the birth years where more children could fit. Robert’s confirmed children, with the evidence for their parentage is in the chart below. For more research on the Gott family searcg GOTT at my blog: http://www.dannmnortongenealogy.wordpress.com.
Gaius M. Brumbaugh. Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County, and Church, Vol. II,
page 43, listing 100 acres of Gunpowder Manor, leased to Robert Gott on 2 Mar,
1737, now in the possession of Mary Gudgeons (Robert’s widow, remarried to
Thomas Gudgeons), for the lives of Richard (age 31) and Elizabeth (age 42) in
Lydia and Robert only had the four children named. There are group sheets that show several
children born to Robert and Lydia born after 1800. Those children are actually the children of
Robert Gott, Jr. and his first wife, Rachel Cole. Why this mix up happened, and why no one else
has analyzed the records to correct this misinformation befuddles the author. Surely, I am not the first one to check the
records…or am I?
matches between for the author’s father are high enough to confirm a sibling
relationship between Thomas Gott (1790-1860) and Richard Gott, Jr. Another Richard Gott, of comparable age,
remained in Orange Co, NC. He married
Catey Gill, and died in 1821. He lived
near the Freshwater family, who purchased the land of Richard Sr. ( see Orange Co Deed Book 8, p 133). This proximity suggests Richard of Orange Co
was the son of Richard Sr.
John Gott, who married Elizabeth Tucker, later moved to Darke County,
Ohio. He applied for pension off his
father’s Revolutionary War service, naming Robert Gott as his father. See, http://revwarapps.org/r4150.pdf.
Shelby County,KY, 1824 Tax List 1, p 30, line 11.
Richard Gott is actually enumerated twice in the 1830 Marion County, IN,
census. Once in Center Township and
again in Marion Township. The census
data is not exact, but certainly represents the same household.
Shelby County, KY, 1827 Tax List 1, p 32, line 10; listed below Robert (Sr) and
William N. Gott.
Shelby County, KY, 1828 Tax List 1, p 28, entry 23.
Shelby County, KY, 1828 Tax List 1, p 29, line 12, listed as “Gate, Robert”
with 91 acres of land on Clear Creek, and two males over 21, indicating that
his sons were coming of age.
Shelby County, KY, 1829 Tax List 1, p 33, line 30—last line of the page.
Shelby County, KY, Deed Book U-1, 1824-1826,p 19. Available on Familysearch
Film No. 007897709, image 275 of 770.
Shelby County, KY, Deed Book Y-1, 1829-1831, pp327-28. Available on
Familysearch.org Film No. 008141845, image 184 of 548.
Shelby County, KY, 1829 Tax list, p 33, line 30.
Letter written by Lydia Black Welty, granddaughter of Wilson Gott, originally
in possession of Florellen Pan Krotz, great-granddaughter of Lydia. This letter was sent to Gott researcher
Barbara L. Goodbar from Hazel Voris, 1992.