I'm Goucher on my mother's side. I have traced my Goucher family from New Hampshire back to Nova Scotia, but from there it gets confusing.
My line is as follows:
1 Stephen m Mary Gage (Nova Scotia) ....2 William b 1785 m Mahitable Crocker (Nova Scotia) ......3 Capn William Wesley b 1841 m Maggie Wilkins (NS) .........4 Lionel T b 1863? m Mary S England (NS, New Hamp) ...........5 George W b 1903 m Madeline Stone (New Hamp)
The farthest back I can go is Stephen Goucher/Gouger. I have been unable to unearth a birth record for him in Nova Scotia. I did find a record of a 250 acre land grant given to Corporal Stephen Gouger, a Loyalist, around 1785 in what would become Wilmot Township in Nova Scotia.
Prior to 1785 but after 1780, Stephen Gouger is found on the rolls of the 1st Battalion New Jersey Volunteers, Loyalist Army during the Revolutionary war.
If this is the same Stephen, then he was involved in the mass relocation of Loyalists from the States to Canada after the Revolutionary War.
Prior to 1780, I have found payroll records for Stephen Gouger who from 1777 to 1780 was a drummer and then a corporal in Spencer's Regiment, Continental Army.
Is this the same Stephen?
I have only found two other Gougers (no Gouchers) from the late 1700's, a Joseph and an Edward who were both in rolls of the Loyalist army during the Revolutionary War.
Does anyone have any information on Stephen's or Mary Gage's lineage?