William Harrison Goodman

19 May 1835–8 January 1881 (Age 45)
Baldwin, Ashe, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Harrison

When William Harrison Goodman was born on 19 May 1835, in Baldwin, Ashe, North Carolina, United States, his father, John N Goodman, was 39 and his mother, Sara Salena Johnston, was 25. He married Melvina Osborne on 28 January 1857, in Jefferson, Ashe, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Ashe, North Carolina, United States in 1850 and Oldfields Township, Ashe, North Carolina, United States for about 20 years. He died on 8 January 1881, in Baldwin, Ashe, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 45, and was buried in Oldfields Township, Ashe, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Harrison Goodman
Melvina Osborne
Marriage: 28 January 1857
Lauretta Jane Goodman
Wiley Winton Goodman
Ida Ruth Goodman
Richard Emory Goodman
Sarah Evaline Eva Goodman
Inez Lou Goodman
Mary Belle Mollie Goodman
Sessie Mae Goodwin

Spouse and Children

28 January 1857
Jefferson, Ashe, North Carolina, United States


    Lauretta Jane Goodman


    Wiley Winton Goodman


    Ida Ruth Goodman


    Richard Emory Goodman



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World Events (7)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 1

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Age 11

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair

Age 18

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English gode ‘good’ + man ‘man’, in part from use as a term for the master of a household. In Scotland the term denoted a landowner who held his land not directly from the crown but from a feudal vassal of the king.2 English: from the Middle English personal name Godeman, Old English Gōdmann, composed of the elements gōd ‘good’ or god ‘god’ + mann ‘man’.3 English: from the Old English personal name Gūðmund, composed of the elements gūð ‘battle’ + mund ‘protection’, or the Old Norse cognate Guðmundr.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Harison Goodman, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Harrison Goodman, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Goodman, "United States Census, 1880"

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