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Ebenezer Goodin was born on August 8, 1813 in Greasy Creek, Bell Co., KY. He was the son of Thomas Goodin & Mary Ingram
Jane Fuson was born about 1820 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of John Fuson & Mary Garner

Ebenezer Goodin & Jane Fuson

Ebenezer Goodin & Jane Fuson were married on July 22, 1834 in Knox Co., KY and they had 14 children. (The area of Knox Co. they lived in later became Bell Co., KY in 1867.) At the time of their marriage, Ebenezer was age 20 & Jane was age 14. The family is on the 1840 & 1850 censuses of Knox Co., KY. A pension document signed by their son Tom Goodin states that they moved by wagon from Knox Co., KY to Mercer Co., MO beginning in the summer of 1850 and arriving December 22, 1850. The family is on the 1860 census of Marion Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Ebeneezer served in Co. K of the 10th Kansas Infantry Aug 12 1861 to May 31 1863, when he was released from service with eye problems.According to his daughter China Anne, Ebenezer fought with his two sons (James Madison and Thomas Jefferson) in the Civil War on the Union side. I have not found the family on the 1870 census at this time. Ebenezer and Jane lived at Gainsville, Cooke Co. TX from about 1875 to 1879, when they returned to Missouri. Ebenezer & Jane are living with their married daughter China Ann (Mrs. William) Fuller on the 1880 census of Medicine, Mercer, MO, and Ebenezer is listed as being Blind. Ebenezer & Jane joined their son Tom in Ludell, Rawlins Co., KS in 1885, and by June 1892, they were in Topeka KS for treatment of Ebenezer's eye problems. Jane died in 1894 in Atwood, Rawlins Co., KS and is buried there. Ebenezer returned to Missouri and is on the 1900 census Marion, Mercer Co., MO in the household of his married daughter Paralee. Ebenezer Goodin died on September 11, 1901 in Princeton, Mercer, MO. He is buried in Tennessee Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer, MO. His Army headstone reads E. Goodwin because Ebeneezer's Army records are listed as both Goodwin and Goodin and his pension applications, etc. are signed with a mark and witnessed
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The children of Ebenezer B. Goodin & Jane Fuson:

Mary GoodinMary Elizabeth Goodin was born on July 26, 1835 in Knox Co., KY. There is a female the right age to be her in the household of Ebenezer Goodin on the 1840 census of Knox Co., KY. In 1850 she is listed as age 14, with her parents on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY; that same year. Mary Elizabeth Goodin married Henry Campbell on Oct 4, 1850 in Fayette Co., KY. Her parents moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO about that same time, and Henry & Mary went with them. Henry & Mary had 8 children. The family is listed on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Morgan Twp., Mercer Co., MO, although pension documents of her brother Tom Goodin list her as a sibling in 1850 but not in 1860. At some point between 1870 to 1880 the family moved to Texas, and they are listed on the 1880 census of Precinct 3, 5 And 8, Clay Co., TX. Henry died on Augusts 8, 1881 in Kaufman Co., TX. After his death, Mary married Mr. Sheets. Mary Goodin Campbell died Jan 26, 1890 in Bonham, Fannin, TX.
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Rachel GoodinRachel Goodin was born on February 28, 1838 in Knox Co., KY. There is a female the right age to be her in the household of Ebenezer Goodin on the 1840 census of Knox Co., KY. She is listed as age 12 with her parents on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY; her family moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO that same year. Rachel married Daniel Shaffer about 1852 and they had at least 9 children. The family is on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO; in 1860 they are living next door to John & Almira (Goodin) Shaffer. They are listed on the 1880 census of Marion, Mercer Co., MO. Rachel died December 15, 1891, probably in Marion, Mercer Co., MO. Daniel Shafer is listed as widowed with 4 children on the 1900 census of Marion, Mercer Co., MO, living near Rachel's brother James M. Goodin. Daniel & Rachel are both buried in Tennessee Cemetery, Mercer Co., MO.
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Elmira Jane GoodinElmira Jane Goodin was born on January 26, 1840 in Knox Co., Kentucky. Her first name is also listed on many records as Almira, but it is spelled Elmira on most census records and on cemetery records. There is a female the right age to be her in the household of Ebenezer Goodin on the 1840 census of Knox Co., KY. She is listed as age 10 with her parents on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY; her family moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO that same year. Elmira married John Shaffer about 1857 and they had 4 children. They are listed in the 1860 census with of Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO, living next door to Daniel & Rachel (Goodin) Shaffer. John died between 1863-1870, and she is listed as Almira Schaeffer, age 30, head of household with 4 children, on the 1870 census of Lindley Twp, Mercer Co., MO. Elmira remarried Winfield Scott Browning on October 19, 1873 in Mercer Co., MO, and they had 4 more children. The family is on the 1880 census of Marion, Mercer Co., MO. Winfield Scott Browning's obituary states that the family came to Rawlins County, Kansas on July 4, 1885. The family is on the 1900 & 1905 censuses of Clinton, Rawlins Co., KS with Elmira listed in 1900 as having 6 births with 4 surviving children at that time. Winfield & Elmira are listed on the 1910, 1915 & 1920 censuses of Atwood, Rawlins Co., KS. In 1910 Elmira is listed as having 11 births with 7 surviving children at that time. Elmira Goodin Browning died on June 13, 1922 in Atwood, Rawlins Co., KS. Winfield Scott Browning died on June 29, 1934 in the Platte Valley Hospital in Torrington, Wyoming. At the time of his death he was on the way to live with his married daughter Amanda Pippenger in Red Lodge, Montana. Winfield and Elmira are both buried in the Atwood (Fairview) Cemetery, Rawlins Co., Kansas.
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Perilee GoodinPerilee Goodin was born on April 10, 1841 in Knox Co., KY. She is listed as Parilee, age 9, with her parents on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY; her family moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO that same year. She is listed as Parablee, age 18, on the 1860 census of Marion, Mercer Co,. MO. Perilee married Thomas Griffin on April 10, 1861 in Mercer Co., MO and they had 11 children. All children I have found for them are listed as born in MO with exception of daughter Anne, born about 1878 in TX. They are on the 1870 census as Thomas & Pollie Griffey in Lindley, Twp., Mercer Co., MO. The family is listed on the 1880 & 1900 census of Marion, Mercer Co., MO, with her name spelled Perely on the 1880 and Parilee on the 1900. The family is listed on the 1910 census of Morgan Twp, Mercer Co., MO. In 1900 Perilee was listed as having 3 births with 3 surviving children, and in 1910 she is listed as having 11 births with 6 surviving children. Thomas died in 1916, and "Parlee" is listed as age 78 and widowed on the 1920 census of Morgan Twp., Princeton City, Mercer Co., MO. She is listed in the 1929 obit of her sister Amanda as Mrs. Perlee Griffin of Princeton, MO. Perilee Goodin Griffin died at age 93 on September 22, 1934 in Princeton, Mercer Co., MO. Her obit reads, "For the past twenty years she had suffered great affliction, being blind.----During her last illness, she was cared for by her sons Jacob and Esau and her daughter Mrs. Emmett Brummett."
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Death Certificate of Perilee Goodin Griffin
James M. GoodinJames Madison Goodin was born on September 29, 1842 in Knox Co., KY. He is listed as age 8, with his parents on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY; his family moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO that same year. He is listed as age 16, on the 1860 census of Marion, Mercer Co,. MO. James joined the 27th Missouri Infantry in 1861, and according to his obituary he won distinction at Lookout Mountain, and "went with Sherman and Thomas on the famous march to the sea. He helped to sack the city of Atlanta and with the army went on till the close of the war." According to his daughter China Anne, James Madison fought with his father Ebenezer and brother Thomas Jefferson in the Civil War on the Union side. (Ebenezer served in Co. K of the 10th Kansas Infantry Aug 12 1861 to May 31 1863, and Tom served in Company E, 12th Regiment Missouri Cav., Volunteers from Sept 25, 1863 and served until September 1866.) James married Lourinda McIntosh on Oct. 23, 1865 and they had 8 children. The family is on the 1870 census of Lindley Township, Mercer, MO under the names James & Lucinda Goodwin - they are living next door to James' brother Tom & family. They are listed on the 1880 census of Cottonwood, Mercer Co., MO. They are on the 1900 census of Marion Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Lourinda committed suicide on March 8, 1901; a newspaper article reported that "her death came a great shock to her family who had no intimation that she contemplated the act." James married second Mahala (King) Heriford on September 12, 1904. James and Mahala are listed on the 1910 census of Marion, Mercer Co., MO, with stepson Alvin Hereford from Mahala's first marriage. James & Mahala divorced sometime between 1910-1914, and James was remarried in 1914 to Sarah Curtis. Sarah died sometime between 1914-1920, and James is listed as widowed on the 1920 census of South Marion Twp., Mercer Co., MO. James Madison Goodin died on January 17, 1925 in Mercer Co., MO. His obit noted his distinguished Civil War service, that he was a former county judge and banker, that he was kind and goodhearted, and a member of the Baptist church. The obituary states ""He was one of Mercer county's most active farmers and stock raisers, and he was also a merchant at Old Cottonwood for four or five years. He was for a good many years a member of the township band and was a member of the county court for one term. For a good many years he was the president of the Mercer Bank."
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Nancy GoodinNancy Goodin was born abt 1844 in Knox Co., KY. She is listed as age 6, with her parents on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY; her family moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO that same year. She is listed as age 14 on the 1860 census of Marion, Mercer Co,. MO. Nancy married Summers. There is a Nancy Summers, age 24, b. KY, married to a John W. Summers on the 1870 census of Penn, Sullivan Co., MO who may be her. There is a Nancy Summers, age 35, b. KY, who is divorced and listed with on Sylvanus on the 1880 census of Unionville, Putnam Co., MO who may be the same one. There is also a household of Brice & Nancy Summers on the 1880 census of Lincoln, Grundy Co., MO that is possible - that Nancy was age 36, b. KY in 1880. I have not found her on any other census records at this time. Nancy Goodin Summers died in Jones City, OK. She is not listed as being a survivor of her sister Amanda in 1929.
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Tom Goodin

Thomas Jefferson Goodin was born on February 22, 1846 in Greasy Creek, Knox Co., KY. He is listed as age 5, with his parents on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY; his family moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO that same year. He is listed as age 13, on the 1860 census of Marion, Mercer Co,. MO. Tom enlisted in Company E, 12th Regiment Missouri Cav., Volunteers. He was enrolled on the Sept 25, 1863 and served until September 1866. Tom married Mary Evaline Wiggins on February 17, 1870 in Mercer Co., MO and they had 4 children. They are on the 1870 census of Lindley Township, Mercer, MO as Thomas Goodwin, age 23, and wife Mary L.E. age 16. They are living next door to Tom's brother James Goodwin & family at that time. Tom went to Kansas in 1879 and obtained a homestead in Rawlins Co., KS. He is listed on the 1880 census of T2 R32, Rawlins Co., KS as T.J. Goodin, age 32, selling goods. Evaline is on the census that same year with the children, living by her parents in Lindley Twp., Mercer Co., MO. I do not know if the separation was originally due to difficulties in the marriage, but Tom married Louella Mae "Ella" Dimmick on June 04, 1882 in Ludell, Rawlins Co., KS. Tom founded the town of Ludell KS, named for his wife, and was the first county treasurer of Rawlins Co, KS. He got into political trouble and twice had charges filed against him concerning county money. He was cleared both times but moved to OK by 1898. At some point the family began spelling the last name Goodwin. The family is on the 1900 census of Dewey, Oklahoma Co., OK, under the name T.J. Goodin, with the household also including Tom's daughter Jennie from his first marriage. At that time Ella is listed as having 6 births with 4 surviving chidren. The family is on the 1910 census of Springer Twp., Oklahoma Co., OK under the name Thomas J. Goodwin. At that time Ella is listed as having 8 births with 6 surviving children. Tom & Ella divorced sometime after 1915. Ella (who was only 15 when they married) left Tom and married a second time, moving to California with her new husband, Charles E. Fleming. Tom is listed as widowed on the 1920 census of Choctaw Twp., Oklahoma Co., OK, but this is not correct as Ella is listed with 2 of her sons from her first marriage on the 1920 census of Twp 9, Placer Co., CA. Thomas Jefferson Goodin died on November 25, 1921 in Jones, Oklahoma Co., OK. His children and grandchildren who knew him all loved him and had fond memories of him. Ella died in 1926. Ella regretted her second marriage and she and her husband separated. Suffering from TB and/or lung cancer, she died in California and her children had her body brought back to Oklahoma where she was buried along side their father in the IOOF Cemetery in Jones, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.
The families of Thomas Jefferson Goodin
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John B. GoodinJohn B. Goodin was born in 1848 in Knox Co., KY. He is not listed with the family in 1850 in Knox Co., KY for unknown reasons; his family moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO that same year. He is listed as John, age 12, on the 1860 census of Marion, Mercer Co,. MO. I have not found him on the 1870 or 1880 censuses at this time. John B. Goodin died in 1881, probably in Mercer Co., MO.
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Amanda Red Goodin

Amanda Red Goodin was born on December 25, 1849 in Knox Co., KY. She is listed as age 7 months, with her parents on the 1850 census of Knox Co., KY; her family moved from KY to Mercer Co., MO that same year. She is listed as age 10, on the 1860 census of Marion, Mercer Co,. MO. Amanda married James F. Cox on March 19, 1865 and they had 12 children. The family is on the 1870 census of Marion, Mercer Co., MO, and on the 1880, 1900 & 1910 censuses of Morgan, Mercer, MO. In 1900 Amanda is listed as having 11 births with 10 surviving children, and in 1910 she is listed as having 10 births with 9 surviving children. James & Amanda are on the 1920 census of Morgan Twp., Princeton City, Mercer CO., MO. Amanda Red Goodin Cox died on March 06, 1929 in Princeton, Mercer Co., MO. Her obit lists 12 children, with 7 surviving in 1929. After Amanda died, James F. was married second on March 21, 1930 to Mrs. Dolly Sims, widow of Cyrus Sims. James died on December 26, 1934, at the age of 92 and is buried beside Amanda in the Princeton cemetery, Mercer Co., MO.
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Photo of James & Amanda Goodin Cox
Death Certificate of Amanda Red Goodin Cox

Margaret GoodinMargaret Goodin was born on May 27, 1852 in MO. She is listed at age 8 with her parents on the 1860 census of Marion Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Margaret married Abraham Barritt about 1871 and they had 4 children. The family is listed on the 1880 census of Morgan Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Margaret Goodin Barritt died on July 2, 1880 in Mercer Co., MO. She was 28 years old when she died. She is buried in Tennessee Cemetery, Mercer Co., MO. After Margaret's death, Abraham Barritt was married to Elvira Groves and they had 7 more children. Abraham Barritt died on October 27, 1919 in Mercer Co., Missouri.
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Pleasant GoodinPleasant Goodin was born about 1854 in MO. He is listed at age 6 with his parents on the 1860 census of Marion Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Pleasant married Mary "Molly" E. Springer about 1875 in MO and they had at least 3 children. The family is listed on the 1880 census of Princeton, Mercer Co., MO. Mary died in 1882 and Pleasant Goodin died about 1883 in Mercer Co., MO. I'm not sure where all of their children lived after their deaths. Their son Charles was living with his uncle James M. Goodin in 1900. Their daughter Rosa may have lived with James also at some point.
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Josephine GoodinJosephine Goodin was born in 1855 in MO. She is listed at age 5 with her parents on the 1860 census of Marion Twp., Mercer Co., MO. Josephine married Williams. She lived in Nebraska. I'm not sure when or where Josephine Goodin Williams died. She is not listed as being a survivor of her sister Amanda in 1929.
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China Ann GoodinChina Ann "Annie" Goodin was born on May 03, 1858 in MO. She is listed as C.A., age 3, with her parents on the 1860 census of Marion, Mercer Co., MO. I have not found the family on the 1870 census at this time. Annie married William Lyman Fuller on May 23, 1873 in Princeton, Mercer Co., MO, and they had 4 children. The family is on the 1880 census of Medicine, Mercer, MO. Based on birthplaces of their children, they moved between 1880 to 1886 from Missouri to Kansas, and they are listed on the 1900 census of Liberty, Decatur Co., KS. In 1900 Annie is listed as having 3 births with 3 surviving children. They moved between 1900 to 1910 from Kansas to Oklahoma, and they are listed on the 1910 census of Grayson Twp., Jefferson Co., OK. In 1910 Annie is listed as having 4 births with 3 surviving children. William Fuller died in 1914, and Annie is listed as living with her son Edward & his family on the January 19, 1920 census of Springer, Oklahoma Co., OK. China remarried William Darrow Argo on January 26, 1920 in Camp Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK. William was the widower of Nancy Elvira Marrs, who had died in 1914. William Argo died on July 26, 1926 in Princeton, Mercer Co., MO, and he is buried by first wife Nancy in the Gammil Cemetery, Hamilton, Decatur, Iowa. Annie remarried to Samuel F. Brown sometime between 1926 to 1929. Samuel was the widower of Mary E. Cookman, who had died in 1925. The March 6, 1929 obit of Amanda Red Goodin Cox lists surviving sister Anna Brown of Princeton, MO. Samuel died on March 21, 1930 in Mercer Co., Missour, and he is buried by first wife Mary in the Salem Cemetery, Mercer, Missouri. Annie is listed as Anna Brown, age 72, stepmother, in the household of John W. Brown on the 1930 census of Princeton, Mercer Co., MO. The Sept. 22, 1934 obit of her sister Paralee lists her as Anna Brown of Big Springs, TX. China Ann "Annie" Goodin Fuller Argo Brown died on March 25, 1938 in Jones, Oklahoma Co., OK.
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Jennie GoodinMinerva Jane "Jennie" Goodin was born on July 26, 1860 in Mercer Co., MO. Birthdate is from the pension file of her father Ebenezer, in which he states "I have raised 14 children the oldest Mary Goodin born 26th July 1836 the Baby born 1860 on 26th July." Jennie is not listed with the family on the 1860 census of Marion, Mercer Co., MO, and I have not been able to find her parents on the 1870 census at this time. I have not found Jennie on the 1880 census at this time; she is not living with her parents, who were living in the household of Jennie's married sister China (Mrs William) Fuller that year. Jennie married Mr. Denys sometime before 1883, and they had at least one child and possibly two more. From birthplaces of their children they were possibly in Texas about 1883, and in Iowa about 1885. Mr. Denys died or they separated, and Jennie was married second to Mr. Gillette, sometime between 1885-1894. They had at least one daugher, born about 1895 in Arknasas. I have not found the family in 1900 at this time. Mr. Gillette died or they separated sometime before 1910, and Jennie was married third to Benjamin F. Strader. Benjamin & Jennie are listed on the 1910 census of Springer, Oklahoma Co., OK. At that time Jennie is listed as being age 49, with 4 births & 4 surviving children. Jennie was known to children of her brother Tom as Aunt Jennie Strader, and she appears in family photos. Benjamin Strader died on October 28, 1914, and he is buried in the IOOF cemetery, Jones, Oklahoma Co., OK. Jennie was married fourth to Fred Luetjer. Fred was a widower whose wife Mathilda had died in July 1916, so he and Jenny probably married between 1916-1920. Fred & Jennie are listed on the 1920 census of Boone Twp, Oklahoma Co., OK. Minerva Jane "Jennie" Goodin Denys Gillette Strader Luetjer died in 1924 in Oklahoma. Fred remarried again after Jenny's death, and he is listed with wife Stella on the 1930 census of Boone Twp, Oklahoma Co., OK with a different wife. Jenny is buried in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Wheatlland, Oklahoma Co., OK. Her tombstone is by the tombstone of Fred Luetjer & his first wife Mathilda.
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Tombstone of Jennie (Goodin) Leutjer View #1, View #2