Sometime in the 1930s, William H. and Louisa Emma Gouge, of Glen Ayre, were photographed surrounded by their 9 sons and 1 daughter. William Gouge (1860-1938) was the son of Wiley and Millie Greene Gouge; his wife Louisa Emma Hughes (1865-1952), was the daughter of William Hughes and Esther Young.
Seated in front of the couple are their sons were Ratha (1883-1963), James (b. 1897), and Herbie (1885-1968). Standing behind them, left to right, are Kary Lorenzo (b. 1903), Joseph Orlando (1905-1996), Wiley (b. 1889), William Otis (1894-1985), Esse Quam Videre aka “Essie” (1901-1982), and Avery (1887-1965). Standing in the center is Tempie Gouge Burleson (1899-1980), the only daughter.
Family members recall a bit about some of the Gouge brothers. Wiley and Ratha moved to Oregon, while Avery moved to Robbinsville, NC, and was a cook there. Kary worked for the Clinchfield Railroad, and Essie taught school. Both Herbie and Bill farmed, Herbie on Roan Mountain and Bill on a Dairy Farm.
The photo was provided by Anne and Phil Castro; Phil is the grandson of Herbie Gouge.