Notes for William B. McGOUGH
Described as tall and strong: “the biggest man in Walker Co.” according to an unnamed source in5
, p. 80.
Listed in Bibb Co., AL in 1840 census; likely moved to Walker Co. before the end of that year.5
, p. 80
The 1860 census lists his age as 37 (implying a birthyear around 1823), but his gravestone, the fact that he had a 25 year old son, and the 1866 state census that lists him as aged 50-60, point to a census taker error, especially since the 1850 census also lists him as 37!
The entire family were Northern sympathizers except for son John, and they were threatened and harassed during the War. For details see the Civil War claim quoted in5
, p. 81.
The 1866 state census, which spells his name McGue, shows him with an eight person household; specifically: one male aged 50-60, one female aged 40-50, four males aged 10-20 and two males under age 10. (This would indicate that Richard, Peter, Andrew, Reubin, Newton, and Manuel were still at home.) It also indicates that three soldiers were lost to sickness in the Civil War [William, Joseph and George]. It also indicates that James lived next door, with Thomas next to him.
The 1880 census shows him with his second wife Susan, her mother Martha, and a 13-year old servant.5
, p. 82
He donated the timber for the first Old Flatwood (Liberty Grove) Primitive Baptist Church building (just west of the current building).5
, p. 82
William B. McGough
Aug. 3, 1812
Mar. 1, 1888
First McGough in Walker County
(Non-contemporary stone put up by51
using information from11
. Original stone not extant.)