States: Alabama: Shelby
My great-great-grandmother was Eliza or Elizabeth Caroline Butler who I have as born 06 Jan 1821 in AL. She married Henry J. Goss, 1818-1900. They later settled in middle Mississippi. Other members of the GOSS family are known to have been in Shelby, Jefferson, Cherokee, St. Clair, Bibb, and Tuscaloosa Counties, AL. There also appears to be a half-brother by the name of Willis JOHNSON who married Nicy (Nicie) Goss in nearby Bibb Co., AL, in 1831. The 1822 birth date for your "Nancy Caroline Butler" is amazingly similar, as are the two names. Furthermore, you indicate that the parents were Zachariah Butler and Nancy Bulliard Butler. How did they die in 1822? Please note that the BULLARD (spelling ???) family has connections to the GOSS/GAUSE/GAUSS family going all the way back to the Carolinas and Virginia. Hermes Payne b. 1812 was apparently previously at Ft. Payne, De Kalb Co., AL. Ft. Payne was later used for Indian internment, I believe. Please note that De Kalb Co., AL, is located just across the county line from Cherokee Co., AL. The PAYNE family had known past associations with the GAUSE/GOSS, GIBBS, and WALKER families. These connections later extend over to Grenada, MS, about the 1840's. What do you think? I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards, Walter Goss, Montgomery, AL
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