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Alice E. (Woodrome) Sexton (abt. 1811 - aft. 1898)

Alice E. Sexton formerly Woodrome aka Goatcher
Born about in Tennessee, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 11 Nov 1832 in Perry, Illinois, United Statesmap
Wife of — married 27 Jun 1841 in Lawrence, Arkansas, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Arkansas, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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Alice E. Woodrome was born about 1811 in Tennessee, the daughter of John Woodrome (born 1788 in KY) and Jemima Edwards (born 1781 in SC).

One of the first records we have of Alice E. Woodrome is when she married Alfred Goatcher (sometimes spelled Gocher, Goacher, Gother, or Gotcher) on 11 Nov 1832 in Perry County, Illinois.

We find no further record of Alfred Goatcher. According to marriage records in Lawrence County, Arkansas, Alice married Bazil Sexton on 27 Jun 1841. We assume that Alfred had died prior to that date, but we know not where nor exactly when. However, we do know that Alfred Goatcher and Alice E. Woodrome had at least two children, the latest born in about 1835 in Illinois.

We know this because the 1850 Federal Census for Jefferson Co., AR shows Alice Sexton residing with her parents there along with her sons – William J. Goatcher, age 16 (b. about 1833), and Nicholas E. Goatcher, age 15 (b. about 1835).

We find Alice E. Woodrome Goatcher Sexton again in 1860 in Union Twp., Fulton Co., AR. She resides there with her sister Edna Woodrome Smithee and Edna’s children, Alice’s son Nicholas E. Goatcher, and Nicholas’ daughter Melinda Goatcher. The 1860 Census document shows Alice’s occupation as “Physician.”

Another record we have been able to locate of William J. Goatcher is in Los Angeles, California, in 1852. The Federal Census indicates that William and his Grandfather, John Woodrome, were living in a hotel there, during the year the first Census was taken for California as a state. William also appears in voter registration records in Los Angeles in 1868.

There is, though, a record of the marriage of Nicholas E. Goatcher to Lydia Hardin in Lawrence Co., AR on 4 Jan 1856. Their daughter Melinda Minerva Goatcher was born 1 Feb 1859. Lydia Ann Hardin Goatcher died in 1859 in Fulton County, Arkansas, not long after that birth.

We know from family stories passed on that Melinda Minerva Goatcher (wife of George Washington Smith, and mother of Alfred Mayberry Smith and six other children) was raised by Alice E. Sexton in Fulton Co., AR after the death of Melinda’s father Nicholas E. Goatcher (possibly in early war action, but we find no records).

Alice E. Sexton was widely known in the Ozarks as a traveling doctor during the Civil War period – a woman who was afraid of nothing, and who helped many.

The only other records we have found for Alice are the 1880 Federal Census for Fulton Twp., Fulton Co., AR, and a Federal land record from Batesville, AR dated 18 Oct 1898 for purchase of 41.66 acres. In 1880 Alice was 72 years of age and living with her granddaughter, Melinda Goatcher Smith, Melinda’s husband George Washington Smith, and their son Alfred Mayberry Smith (born 25 Jan 1879, and my maternal grandmother's father).

We might infer from the land purchase record from 1898 that Alice was still living after 18 Oct 1898 (she would have been about 87!), but we have found no record of her death, nor any information about where she may be buried.

When my mother was growing up in Black Rock, Lawrence, Arkansas, she had known of a woman she heard called "Alsie Sexton". My mother never knew what the woman's actual name was, or even that she was an ancestor. My great-grandfather, Alfred Smith, lived in the same home as Alice when he was a boy in Fulton County, AR. See 1880 US Census below.


Illinois Marriage Record Groom: GOCHER, ALFRED (SEE GOTCHER); Bride: WOODROME, ALICE E; Date: 1832-11-11; Volume: 1; Page: 42; Lic No.:  ; County: PERRY.

Name: Allice Sexton; Event Type: Census; Event Date: 1850; Event Place: Vaugine, Jefferson, Arkansas, United States; Event Place (Original): Vaugine, Jefferson, Arkansas; Gender: Female; Age: 38; Race: White; Birth Year (Estimated): 1812; Birthplace: Tennessee; Schedule Type: 1850 Population; House Number: 80; Digital Folder Number: 004193067; Record Number: 6000.

Allice Sexton F 38 Tennessee; William J Goatcher M 16 Illinois; Nicholas E. Goatcher M 13 Illinois; Joseph L Hayes M 21 South Carolina.

Household ID: 80; Line Number: 17; Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Affiliate Publication Number: M432; Affiliate Film Number: 27; GS Film Number: 2481; Digital Folder Number: 004193067; Image Number: 00150; Image Number: 00150; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: N00961-3.

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 4 April 2020), Joseph L Hayes in household of Allice Sexton, Vaugine, Jefferson, Arkansas, United States; citing family 80, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Name: Alice E Sexton; Event Type: Census; Event Date: 1860; Event Place: Union Township, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; Event Place (Original): Union Township, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; Gender: Female; Age: 48; Race: White; Birth Year (Estimated): 1812; Birthplace: Tennessee; Page: 21; Record Number: 15431.

Edney Smithey F 38 Illinois; Ann Smithey F 12 Arkansas; Sidney Smithey M 10 ; Alice E Sexton F 48 Tennessee; N E Goacher M 25 Arkansas; Melinda Goacher F 1 ; Jacob Roper M 14 Illinois.

Household ID: 20; Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Affiliate Publication Number: M653; Affiliate Film Number: 41; GS Film Number: 803041; Digital Folder Number: 005165612; Image Number: 00431; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: N01688-0.

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 March 2020), Jacob Roper in entry for Edney Smithey, 1860.

Name: Alicy Saxton; Event Type: Census; Event Date: 1880; Event Place: Fulton, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; Event Place (Original): Fulton, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; Gender: Female; Age: 72; Marital Status: Widowed; Race: White; Race (Original): W; Birth Year (Estimated): 1808; Birthplace: Arkansas, United States; Father's Birthplace: ---; Mother's Birthplace: ---; Relationship to Head of Household: Mother-in-law; Relationship to Head of Household (Original): MotherL; Sheet Letter: A; Sheet Number: 53; Person Number: 3; Volume: 1; Record Number: 40429623.

George Smith Self M 24 Tennessee, United States; Melinda Smith Wife F 21 Arkansas, United States; Alfred Smith Son M 1 Arkansas, United States; Alicy Saxton Mother-in-law F 72 Arkansas, United States.

District: ED 69; Sheet Number and Letter: 53A; Household ID: 11612574; Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Affiliate Publication Number: T9; Affiliate Film Number: 0045; GS Film Number: 1254045; Digital Folder Number: 005157263; Image Number: 00110.

Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 August 2017), Alicy Saxton in household of George Smith, Fulton, Fulton, Arkansas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 69, sheet 53A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,045.

Arkansas Federal Land Records: Name: ALICE E SEXTON; L and Office: BATESVILLE; Document Number: 8491; Total Acres: 41.66;; Signature: Yes;; Canceled Document: No. ; Issue Date: October 18, 1898; Mineral Rights Reserved: No; Metes and Bounds: No; Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566; Multiple Warantee Names: No; Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820; Multiple Patentee Names: No; Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries; Land Description: 1 SENW 5TH PM Yes 15N 5W 12.

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