Odd Bits

A number of interesting titbits about the Goacher family do not fit neatly into other categories.  This page provides information and links on some of them.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for additions to this page, or further information on the information below  – email to goacher@one-name.org


19th Century Recipes

A notebook of recipes written by Harriett Goacher in the 1860s still exists.  Read more about her life and the notebook here.

Goucher College

John Franklin Goucher was born in Pennsylvania in 1845.  He was one of the founders of the Woman’s College of Baltimore in 1885.  In 1890 he became the second president of the College and kept that office until 1908.  The College was renamed in honour of John and his wife Mary Cecila Fisher Goucher in 1910.

The Goucher College is located in Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore and further details about the institution can be found at www.goucher.edu.

A Flowering Goucher

Just one plant has been found so far with the family name – Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’.  This is a compact, bushy, somewhat spreading, multi-stemmed shrub in the honeysuckle family.  Its height and spread is 3-5 feet and it produces clusters of lavender-pink funnel-shaped flowers from mid-summer to autumn.  Its glossy, dark green leaves turn purplish-bronze in winter.  The shrub is widely available in America, and is stocked by specialist nurseries in the UK.

Edward Goucher of the United States Department of Agriculture apparently introduced this Abelia hybrid in 1911.  If you have any information on Edward Goucher please email me.

Place Names

According to the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names there is an ‘inhabited place’ named GOUCHER in Cherokee county South Carolina, USA and another named GOUCHER WOODS in the Baltimore area of Maryland, USA, as well as GOUCHER CREEKS in South Carolina and Ohio.

If you know anything about these places and who they were named after, or any other place names connected with the family please email me.