Mary Ann "Molly" Goodnight

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Mary Ann "Molly" Goodnight (Dyer)

Birthplace: Madison, Tennessee, United States
Death: April 11, 1926 (86)
Goodnight, Armstrong, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Goodnight, Armstrong, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gen. Joel Henry Dyer and Susan Lynch Miller
Wife of Charles Goodnight (cattle rancher) ["father of the Texas Panhandle"]

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About Mary Ann "Molly" Goodnight

Mary Ann (Molly) Goodnight was born Mary Ann Dyer on September 12, 1839, in Madison County, Tennessee.[2][3] In 1854, when she was 14, Goodnight's parents brought her to Belknap, Texas. Not soon after her parents died, then she had to care for her five brothers. Around 1864, she met Charles Goodnight at Fort Belknap. In the 1860s, she taught in Weatherford, Texas. Goodnight married Charles in Hickman, Kentucky, on July 26, 1870.

Wife of cattleman Charles Goodnight, Molly drove supply wagons and took charge of ranch operations when her husband was absent. Affectionately called “the Little Mother of the Plains,” she cared for the cowhands and Indians who came to the ranch as a way to combat the loneliness of being the only woman in the area. Molly and her husband built Goodnight College, helped found a community church and were responsible for the preservation of the Texas buffalo.


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September 12, 1839
Madison, Tennessee, United States
April 11, 1926
Age 86
Goodnight, Armstrong, Texas, United States
April 1926
Age 86
Goodnight, Armstrong, Texas, United States