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Sterling/Starling Gawf and Hugh Gawf
Posted by: Phillip Goff (ID *****8715) Date: July 23, 2005 at 14:52:30
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I am researching the ancestry of Edmond Gawf (1794 NC - after 1880 Henderson Co., TN). There is a legend in this family that the Gawf ancestor (perhaps Edmond, perhaps his father) was born a Barlow and then adopted by Gawf family when the parents died. There are a few more twists and turns in the background, but I'll keep to the basics here. The important thing to know is that DNA evidence have proven that this family legend is true, beyond a shadow of doubt. See http://home.comcast.net/~philgoff/DNAresults.htm for details.

Edmond Gawf was born in NC, but we don't know where. I've searched NC census records for the period 1790 - 1810 for every Gawf (including variants Goff, Gauff, etc.) and Barlow (and variants) I could find. William and Thomas Barlow and Starling Gawf in 1790 Wake Co., NC are the only Gawfs and Barlows to appear in the same county at the same time. Moreover, this is the only instance of the "GAWF" spelling in NC in any of those three censuses. I suspect that Sterling Gawf is the adopted father of Edmond Gawf.

Here's my question, does anyone have any information on Sterling/Starling Gawf and Hugh Gawf of Wake Co., NC other than the 1790 and 1800 census?

Thanks,

Phil Goff


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