Mary Ellen Goodenough

22 June 1862–27 December 1934 (Age 72)
Carson City, Nevada, United States

The Life of Mary Ellen

When Mary Ellen Goodenough was born on 22 June 1862, in Carson City, Nevada, United States, her father, John Andrew Goodenough, was 29 and her mother, Mary Ellen Bell, was 18. She married Matthew Boyle on 6 October 1881, in Oxford, Bannock, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Oxford, Oneida, Idaho Territory, United States in 1880 and Blaine, Idaho, United States in 1910. She died on 27 December 1934, in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Matthew Boyle
Mary Ellen Goodenough
Marriage: 6 October 1881
Alexander Boyle
James Boyle
Mary Ellen Boyle
John Milton Boyle

Spouse and Children

6 October 1881
Oxford, Bannock, Idaho, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 1

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 19

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English:1. nickname from Middle English gode ‘good’ + enoh ‘enough’ (Old English genōh). Reaney suggests that it was bestowed on one who was easily satisfied; it may also have been used with reference to one whose achievements were average, ‘good enough’ though not outstanding. 2. possibly a nickname meaning ‘good lad’ or ‘good servant’, from Middle English gode knave, from Old English gōd ‘good’ + cnafa ‘boy’, ‘servant’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • M S Goodenough in household of H Goodenough, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary E Boyle in household of Matthew Boyle, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary E Goodenough in household of Andrew Goodenough, "United States Census, 1880"

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