Almost Wordless Wednesday:

The newest branch on the family tree:

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Little Miss A
born January 21, 2014
2:46 p.m.
6 lbs. 3 oz., 17.5 in.

On her blessing day, April 13, 2014:




I realize I haven’t posted here since September, but I haven’t had a lot of time for family history research let alone time to update the blog due to these five cuties:


I am looking forward to getting back into it though!


Not quite Wordless Wednesday!

I see that it’s been over a month since I last posted a blog entry.  There’s a very good reason for that, however!

I’ve been extremely busy (not to mention incredibly sick) growing the newest branch of our family tree!  That’s right, we’re expecting a new baby February-ish.

Ultrasound profile

What makes it even more exciting is the fact that our four boys will finally get a . . .

US little sister

We’re still not sure how that happened, or what we’ll do with a girl in this household, but we are so very excited!

Needless to say, blogging about Goodwins has been put on the back burner for a while, but I will get back to it eventually!


Tombstone Tuesday: John and Rebecca Johnson


John Johnston
June 11, 1813
Aet. 71 yrs. 11 mos.

His Wife
July 19, 1831
Aet. 75 yrs. 11 mos.

This headstone is interesting in that it should say “Johnson” rather than “Johnston.”  I’m not sure why the T crept in there, but every other reference to this family, including many more stones in this cemetery, spells it “Johnson.”  This photo in the Pownalborough Court House cemetery was taken in 2007.  A later photo found on John’s memorial page indicates that the headstone is now lying on the ground.

Rebecca Goodwin Johnson was the youngest daughter of Major Samuel Goodwin and Elizabeth Willard.  She was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, probably November 8, 1755, if her sister Mercy’s family notebook is to be believed.  Other sources give October 9 as her birthday.  She married John Johnson on January 2, 1777, in Pownalborough.  Not much is known about him or his parentage, but his brother Thomas married Rebecca’s older sister, Abigail.

John and Rebecca’s immediate family information can be found in Volume 7 of Maine Families in 1790 edited by Joseph Crook Anderson, II.  It was mainly their descendants who occupied the Pownalborough Court House throughout the 19th and into the 20th century.


Tombstone Tuesday: George E. Hall


George E. Hall
Oct. 21, 1875
Aet. 39 yrs. 5 ms.

George Edward Hall was born May 14, 1836, in Dresden, Maine, the son of Edward H. Hall and Mary.  Edward is a descendant of Major Samuel Goodwin: Edward H., Sarah Bailey, Sarah Goodwin, Major Samuel.  I’m not sure who his wife Mary is.  There is a marriage recorded in Dresden for an Edward H. Hall to a Mary H. Goodwin in 1832.  I think these are George’s parents, but cannot yet say for certain.  I also think Mary H. Goodwin is the daughter of George Goodwin and Sally Houdlette, making her a descendant of Major Samuel as well.  But I am even less certain about that than I am about the marriage record.  One way or another, there is always more research to do!

George served in the Civil War in the Maine 12th Infantry Regiment.  After the war, he married Emily Parlin in Dresden in 1866 and they had three children, all born in Dresden:

  1. Charles G.  b. 11 Nov. 1867
  2. Leslie Holmes  b. 14 Nov. 1870 (according to her headstone), d. 16 July 1898 (suicide by ingesting poison!)
  3. Mary Grace  b. 15 Dec. 1873, d. 1 Mar. 1903 from pulmonary tuberculosis

George died in October 1875 and is buried in the Pownalborough Court House cemetery.  His widow was married again to Orrin McFadden in 1879 and had two more children.

Mystery Monday: Rosalinda C. Goodwin


C. Goodwin
died Sept. 14th 1808
Aged 3 Months
And 10 days

Here’s another mystery person: Rosalinda C. Goodwin.  I have no idea who she is, who her parents are, or anything beyond the fact she died as a baby and is buried in the Pownalborough Court House cemetery.  Anybody out there have a Rosalinda in their Goodwin family tree?  Or have a clue as to her parentage?

Tombstone Tuesday: Samuel Austin Twycross


In memory of
Samuel Austin
son of E. Austin & Sarah A.
who died Apr. 4, 1847
aged 2 years, 4 mons.
22 days

There is some confusion on dates with this child.  His death date is listed as March 4, 1847, in the Dresden town records which differs from the month on his headstone.  The extracted data in the “Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900” database gives his birthdate as 1839, but my personal notes from having gone over the original Dresden town records say that no birthdate is given. So perhaps an age at death was included, but if he was born in 1839,  his mother would have been more likely to be his father’s first wife Caroline rather than Sarah, so I’m inclined to go with the age of 2 as inscribed on the headstone which would indicate a birthdate in late 1844 or early 1845.

His father Ebenezer Austin Twycross (Samuel Goodwin Twycross, Lydia Goodwin, Major Samuel) married his second wife Sarah Ann Goodwin (Benjamin, Samuel Jr., Major Samuel), who was also his second cousin, in August 1843.  Samuel Austin Twycross was the eldest of their four children, though lived but a short time and is buried in the Pownalborough Court House cemetery.


Tombstone Tuesday: Lewis Houdlette Goodwin


In memory of
Lewis H.
son of
George & Sarah Goodwin
Dec. 22, 1820
aged 14 yrs.

Again, I can’t even begin to decipher the verse at the bottom of the stone!

Lewis (or sometimes spelled Louis) Houdlette Goodwin (George, Samuel Jr., Samuel) was born January 12, 1806, in Dresden, Maine, the third son of George Goodwin and Sarah(Sally) Houdlette.  His birth and death dates are both recorded in the Dresden Town and Vital Records.  He is buried in the Pownalborough Court House cemetery.