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Out of State
Portrait #1401
Subject/Title:
Gooch, Dr. John Claiborne
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:ca. 1840-1845
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Out of State
Frame Dimensions:36 x 43 1/2
Image Dimensions:29 x 37
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented: June 2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Gentlement in dark suit with blue eyes and grey hair and seated in a red upholstered parlor chair.
History of Work:Painted 1840-1845 in the Nashville/Murfreesboro area
Notes:Dr. Gooch was born September 4, 1800 in Caswell County North Carolina and died November 30, 1853 in Smyrna, Rutherford County, TN. He came to Tennessee in 1818 with his parents, Nathaniel and Martha Tait Gooch. He became a physician and practiced in the LaVergne-Smyrna-Murfreesboro area. He was also a large land owner of 2,435 acres and 899 poles in Rutherford County and Davidson County. Subject married Elizabeth Saunders Gooch on December 8, 1831. He built his home "Goochland" in Smyrna, completing it in 1845. He was the brother to Mrs. Lucinda Tait Gooch Kimbro (already documented on this website). Biographical Inforation is available in Rutherford County Historical Society Publication No. 12, Winter 1979, written by Virginia Gooch Watson.

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