Tombstone Tuesday: Lydia Twycross Goodwin


Lydia Twycross

Oct. 22, 1809
Feb. 25, 1903

Asleep in Jesus

(top of the stone says “Grandma”)

Lydia is the wife of David Speare Goodwin, whose headstone we saw last week.  She is the daughter of Stephen Nymphas Twycross and Lydia Johnson.  At age 91, she appears with her daughter Mary in California in the 1900 census.  I have not found her actual death record, although her date of death is on her husband’s War of 1812 Pension Application.


Tombstone Tuesday: David Speare Goodwin

Somehow giving a goal a name makes it more fun.  So now that I’ve recommitted to this blog, instead of the generic “Write a blog post at least once a week” goal (which obviously didn’t get me too far in the past), I’ll be using some of the daily blogging prompts at Geneabloggers.

Because the original focus of this blog was the documenting of the headstones in the cemetery of the Pownalborough Court House, I’ll begin with a “Tombstone Tuesday” post.  I’ve got lots of ideas though for “Surname Saturday”, “Census Sunday”, and several of the Monday prompts as well.



David S. Goodwin

Died Apr. 19, 1879
Aet. 84

Not lost, but gone before

David Speare Goodwin, the son of Samuel Twycross Goodwin and Elizabeth Holland, was born Dec. 31, 1794, in Dresden, Maine.  He married Lydia Twycross, his second cousin, the daughter of Stephen Nymphas Twycross and Lydia Johnson (who, incidentally, were first cousins.)  Besides the headstone, David’s death date of April 19, 1879, can be found on his War of 1812 Pension Application.  I just recently discovered this pension application on Ancestry and have not followed up on it.  Yet.  Perhaps a “Military Monday” post is in my future.

Headstone: Wesley Hall and Harriet Hall


Wesley Hall
July 11, 1888
Aet. 76 ys. 2 ms.

Dearest loved one, we have laid thee
In the peaceful grove’s embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished,
Till we see thy heavenly face.




Wife of
Wesley Hall
Died July 3, 1889
Aet 76 ys. 9 ms.


Photo: Sarah Houdlette Goodwin headstone



wife of
George Goodwin
Mar. 1, 1850
AE. 77

Sarah (or Sally) Houdlette Goodwin was born about 1773, the daughter of Louis Houdlette and Mary Cavalier.  She married George Goodwin, son of Samuel Goodwin, Jr., and Ann Frances Goud, on 27 Dec. 1797.  She died 1 Mar. 1850 and is buried in the Old Courthouse Cemetery in Dresden.

More information on the Houdlette family can be found at this website.

Photo: Abigail Goodwin headstone



Abigail Goodwin
July 11, 1839
Aet. 93

Abigail Goodwin, the daughter of Major Samuel Goodwin and Elizabeth Willard, was born in October 1746 and died July 11, 1839.  She is buried in the Old Courthouse cemetery in Dresden, Maine.  She was married twice, first to Thomas Johnson in 1776, then to William Goodwin in 1790.

Photo: Lydia Johnson Twycross headstone


Lydia Johnson, daughter of John Johnson and Rebecca Goodwin, was born 20 Apr 1783 and died 9 Jan 1812.  She is buried in the Old Courthouse cemetery in Dresden, Maine.  She married Stephen Nymphas Twycross in 1799. 

Headstone Inscription:

to the Memory of
Mrs. Lydia Twycross
consort of
Capt. Stephen Twycross
who died
Janry. 9 1812
aet. 29

Birth information can be found in the Dresden, Lincoln, Maine: Town and Vital Records, FHL US/CAN Film 10820.

Photo: Stephen Twycross Headstone


Stephen Nymphas Twycross, the son of Robert Twycross and Lydia Goodwin, was born 8 Dec 1773 and died 11 May 1841.  He is buried in the Old Courthouse cemetery in Dresden, Maine.  He married Lydia Johnson in 1799 and Mary Bailey in 1812.

Headstone inscription:

Stephen Twycross
May 11, 1841
aet. 68

Birth information can be found in the Wiscasset, Maine Town and Vital Records, FHL US/CAN film 12309.  Actual text is “Stephan Nymphas 2nd son of Robert Twycross and Lydia his wife was born the 8th day of December 1773.”