Mourning Jones 2nd Wife of Amos I. Goodman

Where did Mourning Jones Come From?

A Mourning Jones was previously married to Tyree Martin on 22 Feb 1798, in Madison County, KY. However, it is unlikely that she would have married at age 11, so this is probably an aunt, cousin, or other relation to the Mourning Jones that later married Amos.

How Mourning and Amos Probably Met

Elizabeth Jones b. TN. m. 7/10/1807 Stephen Goodman, Hardin Co., KY. This was probably the first marriage of Stephen, who was the brother of Amos I. Goodman. My sources are fairly sure that this Elizabeth Jones was a sister to the Mourning A. Jones who later m. Amos I. Goodman. These sisters may also have had 3 brothers, Thomas Jones who m. a Naomi Reynolds in Hardin Co. b. circa 1799, Barney Jones, and Royce Jones. The parents of this Jones clan have not yet been identified. Amos Goodman may have met Mourning Jones at or before the wedding of his brother and her sister in 1807, and both may have been in the wedding party!

Children of Amos I. Goodman and Mourning Jones

The remaining known descendants of Amos I. Goodman are well documented in the Hart Co., KY birth, marriage and death records, by the Goodman family cemetery headstones and burial records, and in US Census records. Many of the family records and letters are in the possession of Virginia Goodman, current owner of the Amos I. Goodman property, on which the cemetery is located.

Amos I. and Mourning (Jones) Goodman had at least 4 sons and 5 daughters, as shown by the 1830 census of Hart Co. Two more sons were born later. The known children of Amos I. Goodman and his 2nd wife Mourning Jones were:

Lourania Goodman, b. 29 Dec 1810 in Hart Co., KY. Lourania Goodman married 1st, Charles Fuqua in 1831 in Hart Co., KY, and 2nd, Carter Key in 1841. She and Carter Key removed to IL about the same time as her half brother Anselm Goodman. Lourania is listed in the Henry Co., IL 1850 census, with Carter Key and Fuqua and Key children. She d. 15 Dec 1890 in Forest Grove, WA. This from an EMail I received from a descendant of Lourania Goodman and Carter Key. This descendant currently resides in Gainesville, FL.

John Adams Goodman, b. 06 Dec 1812 in what was then Barren Co., KY, and d. 07 Nov 1879 in Elkton, Todd Co., KY, where he is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery. He married Sarah Edwards on 5 March 1837 in Hart Co., KY. In the 1850 census, he is listed as a “Hotel Keeper”. They had children: Daniel Edwards, Betty Winn, Kate Hardin, Amos Watson, George W., Llewellynn (aka Lou Ellen), James Ira, Forest Edwards. One source also has these children who all died young: Charles Gill, Wright Taylor, Jessie Josephine.

George James Goodman, b. 1814 in Hart Co., KY. He m. Mary Isaacs before 1839. Their children were: Rosealtha, Emmett, Angeline, John, George G., as they appear in the Knox Co., IL census of 1850, p. 364, 665/675, immediately next to the Stiring Pond family. This Pond family includes Marriah Pond, who was later to marry Zalamon Fenton, and Zalamon and Marriah Fenton were the parents of Estella Fenton, wife of my G-Grandfather, John Anslem Goodman. George G. Goodman was a tailor while in IL. Because all of their children were born in KY except George, it appears that the family came to IL from KY between 1846 and 1850. By 1858, this family had returned from IL to Munfordville, Hart Co., KY, (Hart Co. Census, p 851, 237/237), and son Amos A., age 2 and b. KY, appears for the first time. All of the other children’s names and ages match those in IL, but Mary appears to have “changed” her age to be younger, and closer to her husband’s. George had returned to farming. Rose (Rosaltha) Goodman, age 20, appears with the Willis Johnson family, immediately next door, with her occupation listed as “serving”. Willis Johnson’s wife was Maranda Goodman, George Goodman’s elder sister! Another son of George and Mary, Oscar, may have been born after 1860, as he is also mentioned with Emmett and John in a letter from Dorothy Holden to Martha Messengill, original in the possession of Virginia Goodman of Munfordville, Hart Co., KY. In this letter, the family is mentioned as living in Hardin Co., KY, to which they apparently moved sometime after 1860.

Luke Allen Goodman, b. ca. 1820 in Hart Co., KY. According to Dorothy Holden’s letter, his sons were David and Duke Goodman, and his wife was Mary A. Reynolds.

Maranda Goodman, b. 4 Dec 1822 in Hart Co., KY. She married Willis Johnson, and is listed with Willis Johnson, their children, and with niece Rose Goodman as a servant, in the Munfordville, Hart Co. 1860 census. Maranda d. 28 Nov 1898. Willis and Maranda and many of their children and descendants are also buried in the Goodman cemetery on the Amos I. Goodman farm.

Amos Moore Goodman, b. 11 Nov 1824 in Hart Co., KY. Amos M. Goodman purchased his father’s farm, and was a blacksmith as well as a farmer. The outbuilding that was his blacksmith shop still stands, just to the north and west of the Goodman house. Amos M. Goodman married 1st, on 15 July 1847, Celia Jane Reynolds, daughter of Willis Reynolds and Sarah Manion. Amos M. was in Hart Co. 1860 census, age 35, with wife Cecelia Jane (Reynolds), 33, and children Ann M., Elizabeth A., Willis, Louisa, Maranda, and John W. They lived next to Logsdons, and Fuquas were close by. Celia J. (Reynolds) Goodman d. 7 Jan 1881, and Amos Goodman m. 2nd, Elizabeth Deborah Seymour. Amos M. Goodman d. 11 Feb 1901. Elizabeth (Seymour) Goodman d. 12 May 1922. Amos M. Goodman and both of his wives are buried in the Goodman cemetery on the Amos Goodman farm, Munfordville, Hart Co., KY. His son, Charlie Amos Goodman, inherited the Goodman farm. Thereafter, it came into the hands of his son, Jesse Reynolds Goodman, and then to his son, Roy C. Goodman. Charlie, Jesse, Roy, their wives, and many of their children are buried in the family cemetery.

Gideon Stephen Goodman, b. ca. 1826 in Hart Co., KY. Murdered by his brother, Wesley, date not given.

Wesley Christian Goodman, b. 1828 in Hart Co., KY. Wesley killed his brother Gideon in a dispute, ran away, and was never heard from again. This story also per Dorothy Holden’s letter.


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