Charles Goodman of Albemarle

Charles Goodman seems to have been born in Hanover or Louisa County, and is believed to be a descendant of the Benjamin Goodman ca 1665-1735 of New Kent / Hanover. See Louisa and Albemarle County records for specific records of this Charles Goodman. 

In “History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky”, Robert Peters, MD, pub. Chicago, 1882, on page 467 and others, are several references to a Willis C. Goodman, and his ancestors and relations. I believe that this line is related to ours, based on the common Virginia origins, and the occurrence of the Anselm and other common Goodman names in the lineage. The first of this line mentioned is Charles Goodman, of Hanover Co., who was b. probably about 1752.

On page 210 of “Albemarle County” by Rev. Edgar Woods, there is a nice little history on this Charles Goodman and his family. He is noticed around 1761, and was appointed magistrate in 1794. His children were: William, Joseph, Nathan, John, Susan, Roland Horsley, Jeremiah Augustus and Elizabeth. Charles Goodman died in Albemarle, VA in 1827. Charles Goodman had accumulated over 1000 ac. of land at the south fork of the Rivanna River in Albemarle Co., VA before he died. I noticed the similarity of the name of this river, with the Ravanna Co., KS, in which my G-G-Grandfather Socrates and his son John Anselm lived.

John Goodman, son of Charles, was b. about 1770. He was one of the first Methodist ministers of Virginia. This was probably the Rev. John Goodman that presided at the Martha Goodman / Matthias Reynolds wedding in Bedford County, VA in 1788.  He is known to have died in 1840 in Fluvanna Co., VA, so he could not be the one who died in Greene Co., TN in 1790, and who was the father of my ancestor Amos Goodman. Another family active in the Methodist church in Albemarle, was that of Dr. Socrates Maupin, professor of chemistry at Univ. of VA, who died in Lynchburg in 1871. Dr. Maupin was the son of Chapman W. Maupin. The Maupin family is listed in early land records adjacent to the Goodmans of Louisa Co., and intermarried with the Clarksons, Carrs and Richardsons of Louisa and Albemarle Co.

Jeremiah Augustus Goodman, son of Charles, was b. 1780, and married Mary (Sally) Clarkson on 10 Jan 1804 in Albemarle. According to “Kentucky Genealogy and Biography“, vol. VII, p. 182-184: Jeremiah Goodman managed, at times, Thomas Jefferson’s plantations in VA, one of which was his country estate “Poplar Forest”, in Bedford. Thomas Jefferson was also of Albemarle Co., where his home Monticello is located. Jeremiah was appointed overseer at Poplar Forest on August 11, 1811, after some period serving in that capacity at Jeffersons’s Lego estate in Albemarle. He aroused the ire of Jefferson for badly handling an issue with a slave on Jan 6, 1815. Two weeks later, in a letter to William Newby, Jefferson blames part of his financial problems on “3 years of war, and 4 years of Goodman and Darnell have accumulated on me”. After being discharged by Jefferson soon thereafter, Jeremiah returned to Albemarle to settle on a farm inherited from his father and father-in-law (Charles Goodman and Manoah Clarkson). That farm adjoined that of President Monroe, and was in plain view of Monticello, Charlottesville, and the University of VA.

Charles Goodman’s second son was William Anselm Goodman. William Anselm had a son Rev. J.W. Goodman, b. 7 Apr 1811, who married 1st on 10 Jan 1840, Ann Eliza Richardson, daughter of William Richardson, a celebrated teacher of Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and she d. in Maryland where they moved from Albemarle in 1841. Rev. J.W. Goodman married 2nd in 1848, Eliza Ann Koch in Frankfort, Hart Co., KY.

Nathan Goodman, son of Charles, was b. 1768 in Hanover Co., VA. Nathan Goodman married Mildred Clarkson, daughter of Manoah Clarkson and sister of his brother Jeremiah’s wife, probably about 1792. An Ansalum (Anselm) Clarkson is recorded in the 1787 census of VA in Louisa Co., with many tithables and 12 slaves. This was probably the same Ansel Clarkson who was a member of Capt. Sam Overton’s Co. of Rangers in Louisa Co. in 1756, along with Bartelott Goodman. Nathan and Mildred (Clarkson) Goodman’s ten children were: Roland H., Willis C., Alexander G., Anselem, Virginia, Mary, Fielden (Fielding), Nathan, William and Manoah. All were born in Albemarle County, VA., probably between 1792 and 1816. Nathan purchased a large farm and moved most of his family (all except Roland and Virginia, who remained in VA), to Bourbon County, KY, arriving on 10 Nov 1817. It is recorded that a great many slaves constituted the bulk of his family’s “property”. Nathan died of cancer in 1838, location not given.

Nathan was the father of Willis C. Goodman, born 28 Feb 1799. Willis C. Goodman married Sara Garth, daughter of Jesse Garth and Betsy (Brown) Garth of Bourbon Co., KY. W.C. was a successful and prominent farmer, trader and merchant. He dealt primarily in stock: horses, mules, cattle and swine. Records of his dealings are encountered in many parts of Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia, as well as Kentucky. He bought a 600 acre farm in Bourbon County in 1831, and subsequently retired and died on that farm. It is easy to imagine W.C., after supplying many of the animals to support the great western migrations of the time, retiring in comfort to his farm, to become on of the early “landed gentry” of Kentucky Bluegrass region. It is recorded that, of W.C.’s brothers, nearly all settled in Missouri. However, no specific Missouri location is provided. My subsequent research reveals that at least some of this family settled in Polk Co., MO., just north of Springfield.

In a catalog of historic business and public sites of Kentucky, there is a reference to one A. G. Goodman. He built and established a college in Scott County, in 1844. The name of the college is not provided. Bourbon and Scott are adjacent counties. So, this is most likely Alexander Goodman, who was one of Nathan’s sons. The area of the site is referenced as “The Stamping Ground Precinct”. It operated as a college until 1854, when it was sold by A. G. Goodman, and converted into a woolen mill by its new owners.

Other Goodman family connections originating in Albemarle, include the following: Ann Anderson, daughter of Overton Anderson, married Thomas Fielding Lewis. David Anderson of Albemarle married Elizabeth Goodman of Hanover Co. I believe that this was the likely origin of the Overton Goodman and Fielding Goodman names, which I have found in Barren/Hart/Adair Counties. KY, with our direct ancestors. Mary Wheeler, daughter of Benjamin Wheeler (Benj. d. 1836), was the wife of Overton Lowry. So, the Lowry name, as in: John Lowry Goodman, appears to have also come from the Overton family of Hanover and Albemarle, members of which married into the Goodman line.


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