Henry Goetcheus, immigrant ancestor, was born in Germany, in 1767, died in East Homer, Cortland county, New York, December 26, 1844. With two brothers he came to this country, when he was a young man, and followed farming. For a time he lived in Orange county, New York, then in Preble, and finally at East Homer, where he spent his last days. He married Nancy Davenport, born in 1778, died in 1866. Children: John D., mentioned below; Beverly; Andrew; George; Mekeel; Morris; Mary, married _____ Fox; Catherine, married Joseph Case; Sally, married Jefferson Ransom; Betsey, married ______ Rowe.
(II) John D., son of Henry Goetcheus, was born in Orange county, New York, February 24, 1802, died in Upper Lisle, Broome county, New York, May 17, 1886. During most of his long life he resided in Chenango and Broome counties, New York. For many years he lived in German, Chenango county, where he had charge of a farm of three hundred acres or more. Afterward he removed to Upper Lisle, Broome county, where he spent his last years. He married (first, January 5, 1827, Amelia Ford, born October 2, 1809, died in 1851, daughter of Stephen and Nancy (Preston) Ford, of Butternuts, New York. He married (second) Hulda (Cotton) Neal, a widow, born November 11, 1812, died October 22, 1882. Children of first wife: Chauncey, born February 5, 1828, died March 19, 1907. 2. Amelia Jane, August 15, 1830, lives in McGraw, New York; married Mordina Totman, deceased. 3. Rosetta, August 24, 1832, died December 15, 1861; married ______ Davis. 4. Harvey, November 26, 1834, died March 28, 1906. 5. Willard, July 28, 1837, lives at Oakland, California. 6. Mary, June 10, 1839, died April 18, 1906; married Nathaniel Drummond. 7. Frank DeWitt, July 15, 1842, lives in Binghamton, New York. 8. Eugene, August 27, 1846, died September 25, 1888. 9. Jerome, mentioned below. 10. Emory, November 15, 1850, died in infancy. Child of second wife: 11. Hattie, born September 14, 1859, lives in Upper Lisle, New York; married Charles Brannan, deceased.
(III) Jerome, son of John D. Goetcheus, was born in the town of German, Chenango county, New York, August 26, 1848, and is now living in Syracuse, New York. He attended the public schools of his native town and at Upper Lisle, Broome county, New York. For several years he worked at farming in Upper Lisle, and was also a carpenter, and, during his later years, followed that trade. In politics he was a Republican. He married, in 1872, Ella Burnap, born in German, July 30, 1855, died March 8, 1891, daughter of William and Amanda (Gidley) Burnap. Children: 1. Ella May, born May 2, 1875; married Nelson McKeen, of Binghamton, New York. 2. Cora Belle, April 10, 1876. 3. John D., mentioned below. 4. George, resides at McGrawville, New York.
(IV) John D. (2), son of Jerome (1) Goetcheus, was born in Upper Lisle, Broome county, New York, November 26, 1877. His early education was received in the public schools of his native town. In 1894 he came to Cortlandville, and, for three years, was employed in the box factory at McGraw, where he remained for three years. In 1897 he came to Cortland and entered the employ of Bingham & Miller, as clerk in their menís furnishing store, and, in 1904, was admitted to partnership in the firm. Since then the firm has been known as the Bingham & Miller Company. Mr. Goetcheus is president of the family association, comprising the descendants of Henry Goetcheus, which holds annual reunions in this vicinity. In politics he is Republican, in religion a Methodist. he married, August 30, 1900, Effa May, daughter of W.P. and Ophelia (Morey) Henry, of McGraw, New York. Children: Richard R., born May 26, 1901; J. Paul, February 13, 1911.
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