Thomas Jefferson Goodwin
Obt. May 28, 1838
Aged 34 yrs. & 10 mos.
Farewell thow loved & cherished one farewell
Thou hast not lived in vain or died for naught
Oft of thy worth survivors longue shall tell
And thy long cherished memory shall be fraught
With many a theme of fond and tender thoughts
Which shall preserve it sacred what could years
Or silvered locks of added good have brought
Unto a name like thine even the tears
Thy early death has caused……early worth endears
I had to rely on another photo of this same headstone posted on findagrave.com to help transcribe the lower verses. When I took these photos back in 2007, I must not have been thinking about how hard it would be later on to transcribe the stones with plants in the way!
Thomas Jefferson Goodwin (George, Samuel Jr., Samuel) was born July 1, 1803, in Dresden, Maine, the son of George Goodwin and Sally Houdlette. Dresden town and vital records record his birth and later list his death as May 26, 1838, Staten Island, New York, which date conflicts with the headstone. He married an Angelina E. and they had two daughters:
- Matilda Coolidge Goodwin b. 4 Aug 1833
- Emeline Curtis Goodwin b. about May 1836
I have never been able to confirm Angelina’s maiden name, but she is buried next to Thomas in the Court House cemetery:
Angelina E. Goodwin
Oct. 12, 1839
Freed from its earthly home
And that’s about all I can make out; even zooming in, the discoloration of the stone makes reading the words very difficult. This is when I wish I didn’t live 2000 miles from Maine so I could go back and get a better transcription!