Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR
On Saturday, 29 September 2018, Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Gary Duffield, Ken Carpenter, Brad Jarard, Jason Bourgeois and Bob Bowers joined the Boone County Chapter NSDAR, Simon Kenton Chapter NSSAR and the Boone County Kentucky Public Library in a Dedication Ceremony of the marker honoring Patriot Daniel Goff. The cemetery is located at 10416 Gunpowder Road, Florence, KY 41042. The marker is at 38.5650N, -84.3828W.
Daniel Goff was born in June, 1754 a free African American. He enlisted in September 1777 for 3 years in the Virginia Continental Line. He suffered that awful winter at Valley Forge, then fought in the 100+ degree heat at the Battle of Monmouth before heading south to Charleston, SC. His service ended in 1780 where it began, in Chesterfield, VA. In his pension application Daniel recalled serving under both Generals Washington and Lafayette and the Battle at Yorktown. Four of his brothers also served in the war; Abraham, Samuel, Zachariah and Moses. Daniel died in 1843, the year he received his last pension payment. His exact place of burial is unknown. But it is believed he is buried among the slaves on the outer edge of the Marshall family cemetery.
Compatriots Duffield and Carpenter placed wreaths at the memorial. Compatriots
Jarard, Bourgeois and Bowers were members of a Color Guard and musket squad along with members of the Simon Kenton Chapter. The Color Guard posted and retrieved colors. The musket squad fired 3 volleys, followed by a mourning of arms. The ceremony ended with a single cannon shot and playing of Taps.