Robert Goodman 1775-1859

Brother of Amos I. Goodman

Robert Goodman, Sr., b. Feb 27, 1775 in VA, and later of Wilson Co., TN,  was the son of John James Goodman, and brother of Amos I. and Stephen Goodman of Barren / Hart Co., KY, and possibly of Arthur Goodman, also of Barren / Hart and later in Greyson Co., KY. His birth date is recorded in his brother, John Goodman’s bible record.

Robert is mentioned in the 1873 letter of Robert Hope Goodman of Atlanta, as the 2nd son of his grandfather, James Goodman, who was actually John Goodman or John James Goodman, and age 16 when James, John and Robert Goodman first went to Wilson Co., TN, John being 18 and b. 1772, and Robert turning 16 just a couple of months after the court order, that makes the year they went to Wilson Co. early 1791, which corresponds almost exactly to the Greene Co., TN 1790 court record of when the Goodman children, including Robert, were placed in the care of John & Joseph Richardson of that county. Apparently, Robert, being 16 at the time, was either later exempted from that order (perhaps confirming that order having been contested, per Greene TN, Co Court Minutes #/207), “John Goodwin (sp. Goodman?) and his wife were to appear at the next court and show cause why their children should not be bound out”, or Robert chose to ignore it to go with his father and older brother to Wilson Co.

Robert Goodman Sr, aka “Doctor Goodman”, was born 27 Feb 1775 in Bedford Co., VA [Goodman family bible, in possession of Mrs. Novella Bond Jackson, Sharon, TN.]. He temporarily returned to Bedford Co., VA in 1795 and married 1st to Ann Neal, daughter of Zephaniah and Elizabeth Neal, in Bedford Co., VA on 27 Feb 1795 [Bedford Co. Marriage Bonds, microfilm records at Bedford Co., VA Historical Society]. They later lived near the Neal families in Wilson Co., TN, also the home county of Claiborne Goodman, son of Benjamin and Maria Goodman of Louisa Co., VA and later of Granville Co., NC. Ann Neal Goodman died in Wilson Co., TN on 10 March 1825, the same day son Jesse Goodman was born. [ibid: Goodman family bible]. All of Robert Goodman Sr’s known children were by Ann Neal. He married 2nd to Rhoda Landrum, on 10 Sept 1839 in Wilson Co., TN, and she is the widow named in his will.

Robert Goodman, Sr. made his will January 19, 1858, and it was recorded March 14, 1859. [Wilson Co., TN, W&I, 1858-1863, p. 62f] He names his wife, Rhoda Goodman, who was to receive his land in the 24th Civil District; and also mentions “the heirs of Albert Goodman and heirs of Robert Goodman, Jr., the names of whom I have forgotten”. By these mentions in this will, his sons Robert D. Goodman and Albert Goodman had predeceased him.

Descendants of Robert Goodman

1 Robert Goodman b: February 27, 1775 in Bedford Co., VA,
….d: Bef. January 19, 1859 in Wilson Co., TN
.+Ann Neal b: Abt. 1780 in VA m: February 27, 1795 in Bedford Co., VA
..d: March 10, 1825 in Wilson Co., TN Father: Zephaniah Neal Mother: Elizabeth Neal
……. 2 Robert D. Goodman b: Abt. 1799 in TN
……….. d: Bef. August 06, 1845 in Wilson Co., TN
………..+Martha J. Richardson b: 1796 in KY
…………m: February 20, 1820 in Wilson Co., TN
…………d: Aft. 1860 in AL
……………. 3 Amos B. Goodman b: Abt. 1821 in Wilson Co., TN Died: February 9th, 1883
………………..+Nancy Ann Lanham b: Abt. 1823
…………………m: July 27, 1853 in Wilson Co., TN
……………. 3 Elizabeth Goodman b: Abt. 1823
……………. 3 John J. Goodman b: Abt. 1825 in TN
………………..+Elizabeth Hill b: 1825 in AL
…………………m: September 29, 1844 in Lauderdale Co., AL
……………. 3 William Carroll Goodman b: Abt. 1829 in TN
………………..+Lavina Summers b: Abt. 1835
…………………m: May 22, 1853 in Wilson Co., TN d: Bef. 1860
……………. 3 Mary Elizabeth Goodman b: Abt. 1836
………………..+Steven Lanham b: Abt. 1834
…………………m: July 16, 1854 in Wilson Co., TN
……. 2 Albert Goodman b: Abt. 1801 in TNd: 1840 in TN
………..+Laura Ragsdale b: 1806 in NC
…………m: October 01, 1829 in Wilson Co., TN
…………d: in Greene Co., MO
……………Father: Daniel Ragsdale Mother: Nancy Merritt
……………. 3 William C. Goodman b: 1830 in TN
……………. 3 John M. Goodman b: 1831 in TN
……………. 3 James Henderson Goodman b: 1833 in TN
…………………d: Aft. 1860 in Greene Co., MO
………………..+Lucinda Biggs b: February 08, 1832 in TN
…………………m: August 10, 1852 in Greene Co., MO
……………….. d: May 06, 1912 in Greene Co., MO
……………. 3 Nancy Jane Goodman b: August 06, 1835 in TN
………………..+William W. Ragsdale b: 1837 in TN
…………………m: March 14, 1858 in Greene Co., MO
……………….. Father: Levin Ragsdale Mother: Rebecca Merritt
…………….*2nd Husband of Nancy Jane Goodman:
………………..+George Washington Baldwin
…………………m: April 02, 1866 in Greene Co., MO
……………. 3 Albert W. Goodman b: 1836 in TN
……………. 3 Sarah A. Goodman b: 1838 in TN
………………..+Thomas Jefferson Meyers
…………………m: September 25, 1856 in Greene Co., MO
……. 2 Rhoda Goodman b: Abt. 1807
……. 2 Stephen Goodman b: Abt. 1815 in TN d: Bef. 1860 in Wilson County, TN
………..+Malinda Clemmons b: 1810 in TN
…………m: February 22, 1835 in Wilson County, TN
……………….. d: Aft. 1855 in Wilson County, TN
……………….. Father: Jeptha Clemmons
……………. 3 John Goodman b: 1836 in TN
……………. 3 Jeptha H. Goodman b: 1838 in TN
……………. 3 Elizabeth Goodman b: 1840 in TN
……………. 3 Sarah A. Goodman b: 1843 in TN aka: Sally
……………. 3 Henry Goodman b: 1844 in TN
……………. 3 William S. Goodman b: August 25, 1846 in TN
………………… d: August 30, 1915 in Wilson County, Tennessee
………………..+Martha Elizabeth Lane b: August 21, 1851
……………….. m: October 06, 1867 in Wilson County, Tenn
……………….. d: February 04, 1937
……………. 3 Frances Goodman b: 1848 in TN
……………. 3 Robert Jackson Goodman b: 1855 in Wilson County, TN
…………………d: 1917
………………..+Permelia Catherine Crudup
……. 2 Jesse Goodman b: Abt. 1826
*2nd Wife of Robert Goodman:
.+Rhoda Landrum b: Abt. 1787 in VA
..m: September 10, 1839 in Wilson Co., TN


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