Our story starts in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, when the William Gough family, including son William, emigrated from Gloucester, England, to the new world around 1650 – give or take a few years. William Gough died in 1679, naming son Stephen in his will. Stephen married Sarah Tattershall, and they were the parents of James Gough. He and his wife Priscilla Heard fathered a child named James. He was born September 15, 1748, in St. Mary’s County. When his father died June 19, 1764, son James was given parts of several tracts of land. I’ve always loved that Marylander’s name their land – much easier to keep up with them! James Gough and his brother Ignatius were give tracts ‘Lady’ and ‘Margaret’. He and his brother Stephen were given ‘Gough’s Mill’. Ten years later when James married Susannah Medley, he was already a landowner. About twelve years later the couple and their children were ready to make the move from the home they had known and loved for years, to the primitive parts of what was then Virginia, but would eventually become Scott County, Kentucky.
When the band of about 25 Catholic settlers reached Kentucky in 1786. After traveling down the Ohio River in flatboats they were expected to continue on to the Washington/Nelson county area of central Kentucky, where many other Marylanders had made their home. They were so enraptured with the beautiful, fertile land east of the Kentucky River they decided to build their homes here – now in area of Georgetown and Midway.
I would like to share with you today the gravestones of these brave pioneers. The first church of St. Francis de Sales was built in 1794, and the Gough family worshiped here, along with many others who made that early journey with them – families by the names of Jenkins, Leak, Combs, Tarleton, Worland, Greenwell, James and others.
James Gough – father, husband and pioneer.
Susanna Gough was wife to James Gough; her maiden name was Medley.
John Baptist Gough was the eldest son of James and Susannah.
Mary Gough was the wife of John Baptist Gough.
James Gough was a son of James and Susannah Gough.
Ignatius Gough was a son of James and Susannah Gough.
I believe Ann Gough was a daughter of James and Susannah.
George Gough was possibly a grandson of James and Susannah. I love his epitaph – He lived beloved. What more could you ask?
Possibly another grandson?
Stephen was probably a grandson of James and Susannah.
It would be nice to know exactly how all the members of the Gough family fit together – especially the ones who are probably grandchildren. At least we know they all sleep together as a family.
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