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William Goodin


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/5/2001 at 20:20:08

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties – 1890
William Goodin, son of the pioneer, Asa Goodin, claims Ohio as the State of his nativity, his birth having occurred on November 14, 1838, in Perry County. However, he there spent but six years of his life. In 1844 he accompanied his parents on their immigration to the Territory of Iowa and in the district schools of Van Buren County he acquired a limited education. As his father needed his services his attendance at school covered only about six terms, but subsequent reading, observation and experience have made him a well-informed man. In 1854, when a lad of sixteen years, he left the parental roof and started out in life for himself, making his own way in the world as a day laborer. In 1855 he began running upon the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers and followed that business for some six years. Feeling that the country needed his services and believing it his duty to respond to the call for troops, he enlisted at the beginning of the war, joining Company A, of the First Iowa Cavalry on June 15, 1861, at Keokuk. He participated in all the engagements of his company and remained with the regiment, faithfully performing his duty, until mustered out at Davenport Iowa.
On leaving the service, Mr. Goodin returned to Farmington where he embarked in the grocery business, which he has since followed. On embarking in business he invested $275, but the stock he has greatly increased to accommodate his ever growing patronage. He has now one of the leading stores in Farmington, where may be found the best grades of everything kept in a first class grocery. Courteous treatment and fair dealings have won him favor with the public and he now reaps a good income from his business.
It was in the month of September of 1864, that William Goodin and Miss Matilda Rogers, a native of Ohio, were united in marriage. Their union was blessed with two children, Inez and William Collier, who died November 25, 1883. In political sentiment Mr. Goodin is a Democrat, and in civic societies belonging to the Grand Army of the Republic and the Masonic fraternity. He is a Knight Templar Mason, Treasurer in the Blue Lodge and Scribe of the Chapter. Mr. Goodin is an enterprising and progressive citizen who labors for the county’s interest and is a worthy representative of one of its pioneer families.
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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