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GOFF, BENSON (1847–1898). Benson Goff, early settler in Perdido, was born on March 18, 1847, in Jackson County (now Wirt County), West Virginia, and moved to Tarrant County, Texas with his family around 1855. In 1873 he became postmaster in Perdido. The whole town moved in 1890 to be near the newly constructed railroad, and as the new location was close to the Fannin battleground, the town's name was changed to Fannin. Goff was the first postmaster there also. He served in the Confederate Army as a private of Company F, Mann's Regiment, Texas Cavalry, which is also known as Bradford's Regiment, and took the Oath of Amnesty at Victoria, Texas, in 1865. For a while he lived in DeWitt County, where he married Laura Jane Doggett in 1870. He worked as a wagoneer carrying freight inland from the port of Indianola. Mr. and Mrs. Goff and his parents, Salathiel and Margaret Flesher Goff, were the second family to settle in Perdido and helped form this community. Here Benson Goff owned the general store, which was built from rock quarried nearby and known as the Rock Store. He was the postmaster in Fannin until 1898, when he was shot and killed on Easter Sunday by a man named Pitts, a suitor of his daughter. Goff's seventeen-year-old son, Walter, then killed Pitts. Goff was buried at the Fannin Cemetery. He and his wife raised five daughters and one son.


Goliad County Historical Commission, The History and Heritage of Goliad County, ed. Jakie L. Pruett and Everett B. Cole (Austin: Eakin, 1983).

Margaret Swickheimer Phelps


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Margaret Swickheimer Phelps, "GOFF, BENSON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.