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A Wedding and A Funeral in Clark County

The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, June 10, 1896

Joy and Sorrow

In the midst of life we are in death.  Along the pathway of existence the cradle and the coffin jostle each other and the pathway to the bridal altar.  A sad exemplification of the latter fact occurred at the home of John Goff, of Indian Fields, Wednesday.

On this occasion, ‘Edgewood,’ his handsome county home, was the scene of a beautiful wedding.  Owing to the illness of Mrs. Goff the festivities were of a very quiet nature.  However, long before the appointed hour, the spacious rooms were filled with the near relatives who had come to witness the marriage of the youngest daughter of the household, Miss Patsy, to Mr. John R. Downing, of Mason County.

The parlors were brilliantly lighted and decorated, and the dining room, where an elegant luncheon was served, presented a fairy-like appearance.

At 11 o’clock the bridal party entered the parlors.  First came Rev. Mr. McGarvey of Lexington, who performed the ceremony; he was followed by Misses Lillie and Anna Goff, cousin and niece of the bride.  Then came the bride attended by her sister, Miss Margaret Goff, and the groom with his attendant, Mr. Edward Gault, of Mason County.

The bride was gowned in a dainty creation of Paris mull, and valenciennes lace and carried bridal roses.  The maids also wore Paris mull and carried pink mermets.  The bridal party gracefully grouped, with fern-draped window as a background, made a beautiful tableaux.

After luncheon, the happy couple drove to this city where Mr. and Mrs. Downing took the 3 o’clock train for Maysville.

The groom is a cultured gentleman and one of Mason County’s most popular and prosperous farmers.  Clark is losing one of her most lovable daughters but her loss is Mason’s gain.

Mrs. Patsy Goff, the mother of the bride, had been ill for some time, but was thought to be better, but that evening she grew worse and about dark she died.

She was originally Miss Prewitt and was sixty-five years of age.  Funeral at

the residence this morning and burial in the Winchester Cemetery.

She leaves six sons and five daughters, to-wit:  Thomas, Levi, James, John, Elisha and Caswell, Mrs. Henrietta Bedford, Mrs. Emma Browning, Mrs. Lizzie Bedford, Miss Margaret Goff and Mrs. Patsy Downing.

The sympathy of a host of friends go out to the stricken family in this sorrowful ending of a day of joy. – Winchester Democrat.

John Hedges Goff, May 9, 1821 – May 23, 1901.  Martha Chandler Prewitt Goff, December 8, 1830 – June 3, 1896.  Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, May 24, 1901

Died Thursday Morning

Father of Mrs. John R. Downing Passes Away at His Home in Clark County

Mr. John Hedges Goff, in his eighty-first year, died early Thursday morning at his home at Indian Fields, Clark County, of old age.  The funeral takes place at Winchester at noon today.

Mr. Goff was the father of thirteen children, ten of whom survive, among those surviving being Mrs. John R. Downing, of Washington.

Mr. Goff was a prominent breeder of Shorthorn cattle and was instrumental in the building of the Kentucky Union railroad.

The Winchester Democrat, Clark County, Kentucky

Friday, May 25, 1901

Mr. John Hedges Goff died shortly after midnight Wednesday at his home at Indian Fields, of old age, he being in his eighty-first year.  The remains were interred in the Winchester Cemetery, with services at the grave.  His wife, formerly Miss Martha Prewitt, died in 1895; three children are also dead, and ten survive, viz:  Thomas Goff, of Lexington; Mrs. H. C. Bedford and Levi Goff, of Winchester; Mrs. Emma Browning and John Goff, of Jackson; Elisha Goff, Caswell Goff and Miss Margaret Goff, of Clark County; Mrs. Lizzie Bedford, of Columbia, Mo., and Mrs. Patsy Downing, of Mason County.  Mr. Goff was born at Indian Fields and had lived there all his life.  Although for many years one of the most popular and prominent men in the county, he never held political office, but for many years had been an Elder in Bethlehem Christian Church.  He was devoted to public improvements, and was a prominent breeder of Shorthorn cattle.  He was instrumental in building the Iron Works turnpike and Kentucky Union Railroad, in both of which he lost money, resulting in financial embarrassment later.  He was a good neighbor and a splendid citizen, and his death is a loss to the whole community.  A singular coincidence was that his death occurred on the anniversary of the marriage of his favorite granddaughter, Mattie Bedford.

The Winchester Democrat, Clark County, Kentucky

Tuesday, May 21, 1901

Friday we attended the burial of our old friend and brother and former neighbor, John H. Goff. And while standing near the group of weeping children, and looking down into the empty grave, which would soon receive and for ever hide from view the mortal remains of our dear old friend, our mind wandered back to our boyhood days; we saw in those long bygone years the luxurious, beautiful, prosperous and happy home of John H. Goff. No farm in this entire section of the county was more fertile and kept in a higher state of cultivation. The home was prosperous because intelligence and industry were combined in tilling the soil and in managing its various departments and products. It was a religious home where parents and children were accustomed to meet together around the family altar and enjoy sweet communion with their Maker. The widow and orphan, the poor and needy and distressed never left his home empty handed. The world has in truth been made happier and better by this good man having lived in it. His sons can do no better than emulate the life and character of their father.