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John Goodwin, Sr.

Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Spencer Co, Kentucky
Place of Burial: Goodwine Cemetery, Nelson Co, Kentucky
Immediate Family:

Husband of Martha (Marthy) Goodwin
Father of Lydia Burch; Thomas Goodwin; Seth Goodwin; John Goodwine, Jr.; William Goodwin and 7 others

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About John Goodwin, Sr.

His ancestry is known, despite speculation, but he probably belonged to the extensive Goodwin family in Beford and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania.

Some researhers have thought John might have been a son of Thomas Goodwin, of Bedford and Fayette Counties, Pennsylvania. Thomas made his will 18 July 1796. It named sons Samuel, James and Thomas, and daughter Susanna, but no son John.

Other researchers have thought John might have been the John Goodwin, who married Naomi Potter and Tacy Jones, or might have been his son. That John was born in 1731, and married Naomi Potter 8 December 1757. He was disfellowshipped by the Quakers on 17 July 1777 for marrying Tacy Jones. The dates don't work for this John Goodwin.

John Goodwin was a farmer. He moved from Chester County, Pennsylvania, probably through York County, Pennsylvania to near Wheeling, West Virginia. From the birth places of his children, it appears that he was in Pennsylvania 1772-1773 and in Virginia 1780. He appears near (his brother?) Thomas Goodwin, father-in-law Thomas Heady, and brother-in-law Thomas Heady on a 1772 tax list in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, probably in the area that became Fayette County in 1783. A 1781 tax list shows that he owned 150 acres in Morgan Township, Washington County, about 20 miles from Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). Washington County was created from Westmoreland County in 1781.

He served in the Washington County, Pennsylvania Militia during the American Revolution.

In 1785, he sold his 356 acres, called "Rhyne", in Washington County. He left Pennsylvania and moved south. His daughter Rebecca is said by some to have been born in Maryland, so he might have been there about 1783. About 1788 he and his family moved to Nelson County, Kentucky. They first appear in records there in April 1790. He lived three or four miles north of old Cox's Fort on what became the Spencer/Nelson County line in 1824. He was probably a close relative of the brothers John, Isaac and Samuel Goodwin, who established Goodwin's Fort in 1780, near Boston, Nelson County, Kentucky.

Some of his children remained in Virginia. His daughter Lydia's marriage to Christopher Burch is recorded in Nelson County in 1794. In 1790 the executors for the deceased Jacob Myers conveyed to John Goodwine 35 of the 100 acres which Myers had agreed to sell Goodwin for "15 pounds, or about $75."

John Goodwine seems to have built a saw mill on his land. A spring there is still known as the Goodwine Spring. His heirs sold the mill and 223 acres to Pitts Stallard in 1836 for $1,803.75 [Book D:248], who in turn sold it to Thomas Lily, Jr. in 1837. In 1814 John Goodwine bought an additional 80 acres from William and Mary Cook adjoining land he already owned. The witnesses were Abner Goodwin, Peter Briner and Heady Goodwin. [Nelson Co. Deed Bk. 11:82.]

His 1828 will was witnessed by John Ash and Lewis Stone. He named sons Heady, Thomas, John and Elias. He provided that all of his negroes were to be liberated and set free, the boys at the age of 20, the girls at the age of 25, and "the increase of the girls" at the same time as their mothers. He also provided that his land be sold and the money divided among his heirs "except Martha, the $100 that James Heady has got in his hands on is to be counted in her part."

In the name of God amen I John Goodwine of Spencer County & State of Kentucky being weak in body, but in perfect mind and memory do make & ordain this my last will and testament first of all I recommend my Body to the dust of the earth from whence it was taken and my soul to God who gave it and as touching worldy matters I leave my estate both real and personal in the following manner to wit. It is my will and desire that all my negroes be liberated and set free by my Executors hereafter to be named at the following times & periods Solomon is to serve three years after my decease and then he is to be free Alsa is to serve five years after my decease and she also is to free and all alsas increase that she now has or might hereafter have are to be free the Boys at twenty seven years of age and the girls at twenty five and should the girls have any increase before they are twenty five years old their increase are to go free with them and it is my will that my executors sell my land and all my personal estate and hires out my negroes or sell them for the time they have to serve and after paying all my just debts and funeral expence It is my desire that the money Be equally divided amongst my heirs except Martha and the hundred dollars that James Heady has got in his hands is to be counted in her part and it is my will that James Collings as he was always owned by my son Heady get equal portion with the rest of my heirs and it is my will that my son Thos Goodwine John Goodwine & Elias Goodwine by executors Disanucing all former wills and this only to be my last will and Testament where of I have set my hand and seal this 23 dayof August 1828 Signed sealed and altered in the presence of Stephen Beard & John Slone

John Ash

Lewis Slone

John Goodwine

An 1834 deed names 11 of his 12 children, son Heady having predecased his father: "This indenture made this 21 day of February in the year of Our Lord 1834, and entered into Thomas Goodwin, John Goodwin, and Lydia Burch of Spencer County, Kentucky, and Seth Goodwin, William Goodwin, Martha Goodwin, John Griffith and Elizabeth, his wife of Monroe County and State of Indiana and James Goodwin and Thomas Heady and Rebecca, his wife and Abner Goodwin of Putman County, Indiana and Elias Goodwin of Lincoln County and State of Missouri heirs of John Goodwin, dec'd, of the one part and Jacob Heady 20 acres of land on the waters of East Fork of Cox Creek in Spencer County, and bounded as follows, to wit: -- Beginning at a white oak, one of Presley Bridwell corners, running south 85 poles west 56 poles north 33 poles east 78 poles south 63 poles east 42 poles south 24 poles west 54 poles to beginning." /s/Thomas Goodwin /s/John Goodwine /s/Lydia Burch

The Jacob Heady family cemetery is on this 20-acre tract. It is possible that it was a share of the land which John Goodwine's wife inherited from her parents. [Spencer Co. Deed Bk. C:469.]

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John Goodwin, Sr.'s Timeline

May 14, 1731
Age 37
Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 38
Cumberland, PA, USA
Age 40
Bedford, PA, USA
Age 41
May 25, 1776
Age 45
October 25, 1778
Age 47
Bedford, Pennsylvania, USA
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