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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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David D. Goff, city collector of De Soto, is a native of Washington County, Mo., and was born in 1835. His parents were William and Polly Ann (Simms) Goff, the former of whom was born in the State of Virginia, in 1790, and when an infant was taken by his parents to Nashville, Tenn., where they died. In early life William Goff learned the blacksmith’s trade, which he followed for years at the lead mines of Washington County, Mo., whether he had immigrated in 1811. He subsequently purchased a farm, and the latter years of his life were devoted to agricultural pursuits; he was one of the earliest settlers of Washington County, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in 1873, at the advanced age of eighty-three years. He was twice married: his first wife, Polly Ann Simms, was born in Washington County, and died about 1838, the mother of two children, of whom David D. is the only survivor. Mr. Goff next married Eliza Graham, nee Gilbert, who still survives, and resides on the old homestead, in Washington County. David E. Goff remained at home until his sixteenth year, when he engaged in lead mining a short time, worked on a farm one year and then resumed mining for four years. In 1856 he married Miss Ella Walker, daughter of Rev. William G. Walker, and a native of Jefferson County, Mo., born in 1836. Mr. and Mrs. Goff have seven children, viz.: William G., deputy postmaster of De Soto; James L.; Robert Lee, brakeman on the Iron Mountain Railroad; Allie, David Pratt, Ella and George. After marriage Mr. Goff resumed farming two years, when he again engaged in mining. In 1860 he located in De Soto, was proprietor of a hotel two years, and subsequently became superintendent of the mines and store at Valle Mines, continuing in the same capacity until 1882. He then returned to De Soto, and in partnership with his son, William, established a store, which they conducted six years. In 1882 Mr. Goff was elected mayor of De Soto, being re-elected in 1884; in 1886 he resigned and went to California, returning in April, 1887, when he was appointed city collector of De Soto, a position he still fills. He is one of the influential and highly-esteemed citizens of De Soto. He is a Democrat, politically, and a Master Mason.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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