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Alexander G. Gooch Biography

from Perrin’s County of Logan, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical, 1884

Alexander G. Gooch was born March 29, 1843, in the south part of Logan County, Kentucky.  He is the seventh child of five boys and three girls (seven now living) born to Thomas G. and Julia (Washborne) Gooch, who were born respectively in Shelby and Washington Counties, Kentucky.  The grandfather of our subject was born in Charlotte County, Virginia, and was a descendant of Governor Gooch, who was a governor of Virginia in colonial times, and in whose honor Goochland County, Virginia, was named.  The mother of our subject was a daughter of Philip Washborne, who married a Miss McNeil; both were natives of Albemarle County, Virginia.  Philip Washbourne came to Washington County, Kentucky, about 1795; about 1820 located in Logan County, ten miles east of Russellville.  He was surveyor of Washington County.  Subject’s grandfather, Gooch, settled in Shelby County, Kentucky, about 1790.  His father, Thomas G. Gooch, located in Logan County, in 1821, and was one of the pioneer preachers of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he was county surveyor of Logan County twelve years.  Alexander G. Gooch received a good English education, and attended Cave Spring Academy in Logan County, Kentucky.  June 17, 1863, he enlisted in Company E, First Tennessee Confederate Cavalry; was in the battles of Chickamauga, Resaca and New Hope Church; was in a skirmish every day for many days before the fall of Atlanta; was in General Johnson’s command, and surrendered at Charlotte, North Carolina.  He returned to his home and in 1866 went to Louisville, and engaged as traveling salesman with Kahn & Wolf.  In 1882, he went to Cincinnati, where he engaged in same business with Fechheimer Brothers and Co.  He has the reputation of being one of the best salesmen out of Cincinnati.  He is a man of more than ordinary ability, and is ever ready to forward any enterprise that will be of advantage to his community.  He was married April 10, 1872, to Lucie A. Owen, of Louisville, Kentucky, a daughter of John W. and Lydia (Friddle) Owen, who were born respectively in Franklin County, Kentucky, and Louisville, Kentucky.  John W. Owen is a son of William Owen, of Virginia, who came to Franklin County, Kentucky, in an early day; located in Louisville about 1830.  Lydia Friddle was a daughter of Jacob and Lucy (Brown) Friddle, who were born respectively in Bullitt and Nelson Counties, Kentucky.  Jacob Friddle was a son of John and Elizabeth (Miles) Friddle, who were born and reared in Virginia, and immigrated to Bullitt County, Kentucky, in 1794.  They were of German extraction.  Mr. Gooch has had born to him four children:  Owen G., Norman A., Mattie O., and Neville K.  He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  He is a Mason and one of the leading members of the order in Kentucky; he is senior grand deacon of the Kentucky Masonic fraternity for the years 1884 and 1885.

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