Biographies



Ishom GOFF

Ishom GOFF was born between 1809 - 1811 in South Carolina. The 1840 Bradley County, TN census shows him and his family living there at that time. He came West on The Trail of Tears with his Cherokee wife, Sabrina or Sarena and they were on the 1850 Barry County, MO Census with children Mary, 17; John Henry, 15; William, 12; Martha, 9; Esther, 6; Elizabeth, 4, and David D., 1.

Ishom and three children are on the 1860 Madison County, Arkansas census. Ishom is always listed as a "farmer" on the census records, however, family folklore states he was a cobbler by trade and was blind in one eye due to an accident with a pegging awl.

Submitted by Linda Howard Isbell

Samuel Eskridge KENNER

Samuel Eskridge Kenner was in the 1860 and 1870 census for Madison County, Ark.

He was a shop owner in Huntsville, Madison County Ark between 1860- 1870, he was a civil was veteran and helped runaway slaves, hiding them in his store. After hiding these slaves, his store was burned to the ground. Samuel Eskridge Kenner was a very wealthy man at the time of living in Madison County. At his death his wife was pregnant with her last child, which she named after her husband.

I have information on the following names: Kenner,Eskridge, Raines, Forrest,Burum, Howard.

Submitted by Helen Parker helen_parker@juno.com



John Columbus LONG

John Columbus Long was born in Huntsville, Madison County, Ark, Febuary 26, 1842 where he lived until he came to California in 1889. He enlisted in the confederate Army June 16, 1861 and was the first man to leave from his locality for the war and the last to return, when he acted as a recruiting officer until July 22, 1864, when was married to Catherine Skaggs.  Afterward, however, he joined Price in his raid into Missouri. and was made a lieutenant, which office he filled until he was captured at Fort Smith, Mo., and held prisoner at Johnson Island for nine months.  He returned home in July ,1865.

In September, 1880, he was elected sheriff of Madison County, Ark,. and at the end of his term was re-elected.  He was ordained Minister of the Presbyterian church in February, 1864 and followed this work the greater part of the time till he came to California, arriving with his family in Susanville April 1, 1889.  While in Susanville he followed various occupations, during the last few years being in partnership with his son, G.B. Long, in the livery business.  He left Susanville in 1907 with his wife and daughter in search of a milder climate, and settled in San Luis Obispo, where he resided up to the time of his death.

He was a Mason having joined Alabama lodge, No 337 in Arkansas, and held his demit form that lodge, having never placed the same in any lodge in this state.  He leaves besides his widow and children, one sister, Mrs. Lee Parks, in Arkansas.  There were six sons and two daughters, of which five sons and a daughter survive.  They are: T. G. Long of Huntsville, Ark; G. B. Long of Susanville, w. C. Long of San Luis Obispo, H. C. Long of Susanville, Laura A. Long and John J. Long of San Luis Obispo.

Submitted by Mike Westbrook Five41@worldnet.att.net


John R. WAGNON

John R. Wagnon born 12 Sept. 1841 in Hindsville, Madison co., Ark.
Married : Nov. 1867 in Maguiretown, Washington co., Ark.
Married to: Mary Jane Calfey (spelling ?) born 1841 in Ark.
Children of John and Mary Wagnon: Josephine - b. 1968, Rebecca - b. 1870, Annie b.1872, Wilburn b. - 1880, James b. - 1881

John R. Wagnon served in the union army in Company B first Ark. Inf. From Dec. 1863 - May 1865.

John R. Wagnon had two brothers that I know about, Thomas and Benjamin. Both served in the union army in the civil war.

Submitted by Scott Clark s714@jps.net


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