GEORGE ERNEST GOFF follows farming in Edgecombe County, of which he is a native son, his birth having occurred in township 10 on the 6th of October, 1891, his parents being David Crockett and Betty (Hales) Goff.  The father was born in township 8, Edgecombe County, and was educated in an orphans’ school.  When opportunity offered he began farming in township 10, purchasing 150 acres of the old Bulluck place, which he continued to cultivate until his death.  He was a Democrat, served as a member of the school board and had membership in the Presbyterian church.  Born in 1863, he had reached the age of fifty-four years when death called him August 30, 1917.  His wife was born in Edgecombe County in 1872, acquired a public school education here and died in 1911.  They had a family of eight children: Emma, who is the widow of J. E. Lane and lives in township 12, Edgecombe County; George Ernest, whose name introduces this record; Nannie, who is the widow of B. G. Walker and resides in township 12, Edgecombe County; Turner Martin, deceased; Lulu, the wife of J. R. Moore, of township 13, Edgecombe County; William David, whose home is in township 12, Edgecombe County; Bessie, who is the widow of Ed Ellis and lives in township 12 of this county; and James Mark, also a resident of township 12, Edgecombe County.

George E. Goff is also indebted to the public school system for the educational opportunities he enjoyed and when he had completed his studies he worked with his father on the home farm, having early becoming familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops.  In 1924 he purchased the old homestead of 150 acres, rebuilt the house and has since carried on general farming here, his practical methods producing substantial crops.

On the 2d of February, 1920, Mr. Goff was married to Miss Helen Powell, a daughter of Daniel and Sallie (Proctor) Powell, of township 12, Edgecombe County.  She was born in that township, January 4, 1892, and acquired her education in the public schools.  Her father was born in the same township, January 3, 1861, and for many years devoted his life to agricultural pursuits but is now retired, although still occupying the old home place.  He has always been a Democrat and is a member of the Primitive Baptist church, as was his wife.  Mrs. Powell was born near Rocky Mount in Nash County, January 14, 1859, and passed away in 1936.  Mr. and Mrs. Goff have become parents of three children: Albert Morris, who is deceased; George Milton, born July 8, 1926; and Julian Powell, born August 2, 1932.

Mr. Goff is a Democrat in his political views and is serving on the West Edgecombe school board.  He belongs to the Farmers Union, being interested in all that has to do with progress along agricultural lines.  His wife is a member of the Presbyterian church.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, volume V, written by Archibald Henderson, published in 1941, pages 119-120, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (, accessed 4 March 2021.

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