Military Monday: Civil War soldiers from Dresden, Maine

While searching for something else entirely tonight, I came across the 1906 Town Register for the towns of Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Whitefield, Alna, Woolwich, and Dresden, Maine.  Along with a short history of each town, its early settlers, and the residents in 1906, the book also lists town officials, professional men, pastors, and soldiers.  On page 280 the list of Civil War enlistments from the town of Dresden begins (I’ve bolded each possible descendant of Major Samuel Goodwin):


Geo. A. Bickford, Geo. F. Bliss, Solon S. Beedle, David Cate (Navy), Llewellyn W. Costellow, Joseph L. Call, Geo. F. French, Lieut. Chas. A Goodwin, Chas. H. Goodwin, George Goud, Joseph Henry, Jas. T. Johnson, John B. Keen,Thos. Lilly, F . A. Marshall, John H. Rittall, James F . Rittall, Geo. L. Reed, Edw. D. Reed, Levi W. Siegars, Thos. Siegars, Jeremiah Siegars, Albert G. Stilphen, Benj. F. White.

The above were all killed in battle, died in prison, or from wounds or disease contracted in the service,

The following Dresden men were also in the service: Gilman Andrews, Chas. W. Bickford, Elbridge G. Bickford, Thos. B. Blair, Alvin Brown, Edwin Brown, Frank W. Bickford, David G. Chapman, Daniel C. Carney, Wm. M. Choate, James S. Cate, Ezekiel R. Chapman, Timothy Call, Jas. P . French, Converse Gray, Benj. R. Gray, Edward F. Goud, Chas. C. Goodwin, Henry C. Goodwin. Jos. S. Houdlette, Washington F. Lilly, Samuel C. McKenney, Henry Miller, Elbridge McFadden, Jas. H. Mayers, Chas. Pushard, Converse E. Reed, John H. Small, Wm. H. Smith, Thos. Stewart, Henry W. Stewart, Nathaniel Stewart, Benj. B. Siegars, Samuel A. Siegars.

The following served in the navy: Geo. S. Achorn, Van Buren Blenn, Thos R. Carlton, Geo. Call, Wm. T. Goodwin, Wm. G. Houdlette, Benj. Kidder, Stephen McGown, Fred G. Pushard, Cyrus F. Weeks.


Chas. H. Goodwin served in the 11th Maine Infantry and was killed May 6, 1863, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He was the son of Charles C. and Mary Clancy Goodwin.  Charles C. was probably the son of Jeremiah Goodwin and his wife Marguerite who show up in early records of Dresden, but I have not yet been able to link them to Major Samuel Goodwin.

Henry C. Goodwin (Abiel, Samuel Twycross, Samuel Jr., Samuel) was in Company C of the 19th Maine Regiment.  Born in 1842, probably in Pittston, Maine, he was the son of Abiel Varon Goodwin and Susan Small.  He died in Sidney, Maine, March 28, 1898, and is buried in Kling Cemetery in Augusta.

Goodwin, Henry C. Maine Veteran's Cemetery records

Chas. C. Goodwin (Abiel, Samuel Twycross, Samuel Jr., Samuel), the brother of Henry C., served with him in Company C of the 19th Regiment.  He enlisted in 1862 and was discharged May 31, 1865.  He died in 1907 and is buried in Coss Hill Cemetery, Pittston, Maine.

Goodwin, Charles C--Maine Veterans' Cemetery records

Thomas R. Carlton married into the Goodwins.  His first wife was Caroline Austin Twycross (Ebenezer Twycross, Samuel G. Twycross, Lydia Goodwin, Samuel.)  They were married in 1860 and had one son, Austin G. Carlton.  Thomas died in 1909 and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Dresden.

I do not yet have a record of Wm. T. Goodwin in my files.  There is hardly a William to be found among Major Samuel’s descendants, although the name does show up in the descendants of Jeremiah and Marguerite, mentioned above.

Chas. A. Goodwin is buried in the Court House cemetery in Dresden.  His stone is the obelisk in the southwest corner:


 A close-up:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Charles A. Goodwin
Aet. 25
only son of Chas. C.
& Mary T. Goodwin.
Lieut. of Co. D. 7th Reg.
Maine Volunteers.
was killed whilst
bravely cheering on
his men in the battle
of Antietam, Md.
Sept. 17, 1862.
He was also a christian soldier and
died in the triumphs of Faith.

Charles Augustus Goodwin was descended from Major Samuel through both his father (Charles C., George, Samuel Jr., Samuel) and his mother (Mary Twycross, Stephen Nymphas Twcross, Lydia Goodwin, Samuel) and again through his mother (Mary, Mary Bailey, Sarah Goodwin, Samuel.)  He was born Dec. 22, 1836.


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: Sarah Augusta Prescott Goodwin and Louise Prescott Canby


(left-hand side)

Sarah Augusta
Prescott Goodwin
Born in
New Sharon, ME
Aug. 14 1830
Died in
San Fernando, CAL
Jan. 9, 1914

(right-hand side)

Louise Prescott
Nov. 9 1856
Pasadena, CA
May 4, 1914


Sarah Augusta Prescott Goodwin is the daughter of Warren Prescott and Rebecca Johnson.  She married Samuel Randolph Goodwin on Sept. 22, 1852.

Louise Prescott Canby is the daughter of William J. Canby and Caroline Louise Prescott.

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.