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Asa Goodin

GOODIN, SMITH, LIGHTFOOT, MCEHANY

Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/5/2001 at 20:16:59

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties – 1890
ASA GOODIN
Asa Goodin was born in Ohio, in 1816, and the family is of German descent. In his native state he was reared to manhood and received such educational advantages as the school of that day afforded. Having attained to mature years, in 1837 he led to the marriage altar Miss Rachel Smith who was also a native of the Buckeye State. They began their domestic life in Ohio, but after seven years determined to try their fortune in the West and in 1844 we find them on their way to Iowa. They chose Farmington, than a small village as a favorable location, but the following year removed to Lee County where Mr. Goodin remained until the death of his wife, which there occurred in 1850. Two children were born of that union—William, and Mary, wife of John Lightfoot. Mr. Goodin was again married in 1853, the lady of his choice being Caroline McEhany. They became the parent of five children who are yet living—Ella, Edward, Ida, Alfred and Charles.
During his residence in this county, Mr. Goodin followed teaming. He made his home in this community from 1844 until 1867, when severing his business relations he removed to Knoxville, Marion County Iowa, making his home in that community for some time. He then again came to Van Buren County and settled in Farmington, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1889, respected by all who knew him. One of its pioneer settlers, he had witnessed most the entire growth of the county and was acquainted with its history of progress and development. He faithfully discharged every duty of citizenship and whenever called upon to aid in the promotion of any worthy enterprise, cheerfully responded.
I am not related, and am only copying this for the information of those who might find this person in their family.


 

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