Lavona Mae (Vona) Goff

Female 1878 - 1963


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  • Born  28 Dec 1878  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  15 Mar 1963  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Barnesburg Cemetery, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  Fountain S. Goff,   b. 29 Jan 1846, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1917, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Serena,   b. Jul 1847, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1900 and 1910, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family  John Benjamin VanHook,   b. 16 Jan 1879, Dallas, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1958, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  28 Feb 1900  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced  Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • The VanHook's and Goff's were close neighbors in Glades, KY - all living on adjoining farms.

      1900 US Census - Glades, Pulaski Co., KY
      John B. and Lavona VanHook were living with his parents

      John B. and Vona did not divorce by 1910 - but John B. moved north to Clark County, KY and married a second time to Mary Oaks. Mary's father later charged him with bigamy, and forced Mary to divorce him.

      1910 US Census - Glades, Pulaski Co., KY
      Lavona M. VanHook is shown in census living with her father, Fountain S. Goff and younger sister Maggie. Also listed are daughters Lenna S. and Beatrice L. VanHook. Her son, William Victor, age 9, is listed in this census with his grandparents, John McHenry and Rachel VanHook.
      (note - census record very hard to read)

      In 1920 US Census - "Vona M. VanHook" is living with her sister and brother-in-law, Jennie and Arch Poynter in Catron, Pulaski Co., KY (census record lists Vona as "divorced"). Her daughter Beatrice is living with Beatrice's uncle Henry B. Vanhook in Hazeldell, Pulaski Co., KY

      Excerpts from The Somerset Journal, 21 January 1921
      "Miss Beatrice Vanhook has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Vonnie Vanhook at Flat Lick"

      Excerpts from The Somerset Journal, 22 Jul 1921
      "Beatrice Vanhook visited Mrs. Mary Davis Saturday night."

      Excerpts from The Somerset Journal, 14 October 1921
      "Mrs. Vona Vanhook visited at Mr. Arch Poynter's Sunday."
      (Arch Poynter was Lavona's brother-in-law, husband of her sister Jennie)
    Children 
     1. William Victor VanHook,   b. 15 Jan 1901, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1984, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Lena S. VanHook,   b. 3 Oct 1902, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1994, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Beatrice L. VanHook,   b. 9 Jun 1905, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1967, Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  24 Nov 2019 
    Family ID  F1045  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000
      Name: Vona M Vanhook
      Death Date: 15 Mar 1963
      Death Place: Pulaski
      Age: 084
      Residence: Pulaski
      Volume: 17
      Certificate: 8180