Return to R. Wiggins Personal Pages/Genealogy

especially the Artemus Kimball Goodale Family

Foreword by Merriam Roebuck Wiggins

All the material on the Goodale family down to Joel Oratio Goodale was taken from the book Goodale-Goodell Forebears by Helena M. (Goodale) Hargrave of Walnut Creek, California. She is a descendant of Obadiah Goodale, brother of Joel, and spent many years compiling the information about the families. Included in her book is information I furnished her on Joel's descendants. In a "Postscript" to her book, Mrs. Hargrave says:

Looking back over the 340-year-old lines that connect us of the present generations to that courageous couple who left their ancestral home and families in April 1634 to cross the wide sea to an unknown land in order to escape high taxes and an imperious government, one is impressed with the fact that the courage, faith, and sense of adventure shown by Robert and Katherine Goodell (ale) (all) has manifested itself in large degree throughout all their descendants. Robert and Katherine were Puritans and had a devout sense of loyalty to the welfare of their church in Salem, Mass., where all their children were baptized. Devotion to their Christian heritage has inspired many of the family to spread the Gospel from the Near East to the islands of the far Pacific and from all our western frontier communities to countries of South America.

Every new western settlement found Goodales and Goodells in the vanguard of settlers establishing enterprises that benefited all in the community and upholding the ideals of their forefathers: thriftiness, independence, justice, and compassion for the unfortunate. They served their country wellin times of war and their local communities in time of peace. As deacons of churches, selectmen, `viewers of fences,' proprietors of new towns, `overseers of the Poor,' even as governors of states, Goodales and Goodells have left their names on the ancient records. In advanced fields of science, in the world of trade and commerce, as inventors of labor-saving devices, in exploration and discovery, the list of enterprises is innumerable in which we find the names of the descendants of legions of people who emigrated to this new land to establish the basic principles on which our distinctive way of life is founded. Truly, Robert and Katherine Goodell's tribe have been a credit to their forefathers.

For the information on Joel Oratio Goodale and his grandchildren we are obligated to Hal Goodale, son of Demas K. Goodale, who in 1909 compiled names, dates, and facts, and sent copies to his cousins. With help from many in the family I have put together the rest, drawing upon personal knowledge, newspaper clippings, Federal censuses, letters, wills, etc. There is still much to know and there will possibly be a supplement to these pages one day.

-- 1981, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas

Copyright 1999 Merriam Roebuck Wiggins. All Rights Reserved.

The Goodale_Goodell_Goodall Family
especially the Artemus Kimball Goodale Family

There are two theories as to the origination of the family name, GOODALE, GOODELL, GOODALL. One is reported by a research bureau in Washington,
D.C. and supported by Dr. Robert L. Goodale of Ipswich, Mass.:

    The name is of Norse origin. There was a Goodel de Brixi who came from Normandy with Edward the Confessor before 1066. The Goodalls were a very early family in the British Isles, stemming from members living in Goldale, now Gowdall, a town in the parish of Snaith, Yorkshire. They were of the landed gentry and yeomanry.

    Among the earliest definite records are those of Villa de Goldale, Johannes or John Godhale, Recardus or Richard de Goldall, and Johannes or John Godhall of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. In the class of 1470 at Oxford was a Richard Goodale (recorded in the library of Merton College). Listed at the head of his class, the name was `Godyle.'

It is true that in early times very little attention was given to the spelling of names, and during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, there was no fixed authority for the spelling of either `proper' names or surnames.1

The other theory is advanced by Professor Isaac Goodell of Ft. Worth, Texas, after much study:

    Robert Goodell is claimed to be of French Hugenot descent. `Goodelle' is the French origin of our family name and this spelling is yet found in Paris and a number of smaller towns in France. Later, one of our ancestors emigrated to Scotland, and about 1580, as tradition goes, a Goodelle family (Robert's grandfather) moved from Scotland to London. The name of Goodelle was Anglicized to Goodell, then Goodale and later Goodall in the coastal counties of Suffolk and Norfolk, England. Baptiste Goodell, supposed to be a son of that family and uncle to Robert, made his first appearance as an actor with William Shakespeare in Henry VI before Queen Elizabeth in 1589.

The name is significant of family occupation as may be inferred from the coat-of-arms of the Scottish families, described as follows:

    `Arms: On 3 caps and in the middle fesse point as many ears of barley, two in saltire, and one in pale of the last.

    Crest: A silver cup PPR, motto Good God increase'

1 This was also true in early America. The record of Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolution gives no less than 16 different spellings of the name Goodale, many times with reference to the same man in the same document.

At any rate, to be found recorded in the Parish Records of Dennington, Suffolk County, England, are the following:

    Marriages: 1590 12 June Robert Goodale and Joan Artys

    Baptisms: 1601 15 Aug. Robert, son of Robert and Joan Goodale

Other children of this couple whose baptisms are recorded also are Mary, 1591; Margaret, 1593; William, 1596; Anne, 1599; Edward, 1603; Elizabeth, 1607; and Thomas, 1610.

Thomas `the Elder' Goodale1 and his wife Elizabeth were probably parents of Robert2 who married Joan Artys and was father of our Robert3, Immigrant Ancestor. Robert2 was "a small landed proprietor and cultivator, employing his capital and labor in various modes which grew out of the occupation of lands."

On March 1, 1612, arms were granted to Thomas Goodall of Earle-Stoneham, as follows:

    `Arms: Gules, an eagle displayed Argent, beaked and membered Or, on a canton of the last a Chaplet Gramine Vert.

    Crest: On a wreath an eagle displayed Argent beaked and membered Or and gorged with a chaplet Gramine Vert.'

The Boston Transcript No. 9830 states that Robert brought to America the arms granted Thomas Goodall of Earle-Stoneham.

King James had succeeded Queen Elizabeth in 1603, followed by King Charles in l625. One of the first acts of King Charles on his ascension to the throne, that caused a storm of indignation throughout the country was the imposition of a forced loan without the grant of Parliament. The imposition of ship money was the final measure that drove thousands to America.

In the 9th year of the reign of King Charles, 1634, Robert Goodell3 and wife Katherine Kilham (daughter probably of Henry and Alice Goodale Kilham) sailed from the port of Ipswich, Suffolk County, England, on April 30 on the ship `Elizabeth,' Capt. William Andrews, Master. With them were daughter Mary, 4, and sons Abraham, 2, and Isaac `age one-half year.'

The Goodall Crest

They landed in Salem, Massachusetts, where Robert purchased 543 acres of land from the town of Salem and Danvers. That same year he received a grant of 40 acres from the town of Salem, between Ipswich River, Redding Road and the Newburyport turnpike. In 1652 the town laid out to him 504 acres.

Children born in Salem to Robert and Katherine were Zachariah, 1638; Jacob, 1640; Hannah, 1642; and Sarah, 1645. In 1646 Katherine died and Robert married Margaret Larraby in 1647, by whom he had one daughter, Elizabeth.

Robert seems to have devoted his life to the development of his large grant for the benefit of his sons and daughters to whom, as they married, he gave generous acreages as wedding gifts, thus creating a family settlement about his own homestead. His firm, clear handwriting would indicate a good education, but he took no part in governmental affairs and his name seldom appears in the records in any capacity except as plaintiff or defendant in suits based on the ownership of his land and stock. On August 30, 1669, he made a settlement on his second wife, Margaret: "12 acres of land, a new dwelling house, two cowes and a horse or mare fitt for her to ride on." He died and his will was proved June 27, 1683—he left his estate to his daughter Elizabeth and his grandson, John Smith. Wife Margaret was mentioned as having already been provided for, as were his other children.

Robert's son Isaac was our ancestor. Isaac's sister Mary married Capt. John Pease, had 6 children; Abraham did not survive to adulthood. Brother Zachariah married Elizabeth Beauchamp, had 11 children; Hannah married Lot Kilham, a cousin, had 6 children; Sarah married John Batchelder, had 8 children; Elizabeth married John Smith, had 5 children by him, then married William Bennett and had one daughter, Grace.

Isaac Goodale4 married Patience Cook (daughter of John and Mary Roote Cook—Mary was daughter of Ralph and Mary Roote) on February 25, 1669, and was given a tract of land by his father, who also built them a house. (This house remained in the hands of descendants until 1915. In 1928 Dr. Robert L. Goodale and his wife of Ipswich, Mass. bought back the old house and moved it to their land in Ipswich and restored it to the original 17th century style. See "The Home of Isaac Goodale.")

Isaac was a farmer and died intestate in Salem before September 27, 1679. Wife Patience and brother-in-law John Pease were administrators of the estate, which was not settled for many years. In 1693 Isaac, Jr. replaced John Pease as administrator.

Children of Isaac and Patience Cook were:

1. Isaac, Jr.5, our ancestor

2. Zachariah, who married Elizabeth Cousins, had 8 children, then married Mrs. Abigail Tarrot

3. John, who married Lydia Titus, had 3 children; married next Hannah Colburn, had 3 children; married Anna Colburn, had 1 child.

Isaac (Jr.) Goodale5 was born March 29, 1670. He was a yeoman and a carpenter and he served in a military expedition against Canada in 1690. He married Mary Abbe on December 21, 1692. (Mary Abbe was the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Knowlton) Abbe, born 1674. Samuel (1648-1690) was the son of John and Mary Abbe. Mary Knowlton was the daughter of William and Ann Elizabeth Knowlton).

Isaac (Jr.) and Mary Abbe Goodale had 11 children:

1. Isaac, married Deborah Hawkins, had 7 children

2. Jacob, his twin, died young

3. Samuel, married Anne Fowler, had 9 children

4. Hester, married first a Page, second, Elias Trask

5. Ezekiel, married Lydia Lee, no record of children

6. Jonathan, married Keturah Goodale, had 2 children

7. Sarah, married a McGraw of Marblehead, Mass.

8. Abigail, married Ebenezer Abbe

9. Enos (our ancestor)

10. Jacob, married Mehitable Browne, had 8 children

11. Mary, married John Oakes

Enos Goodale6was born in 1709 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was a cordwainer and lived in Marlborough and Shrewsbury, Mass. and in Temple, N.H. He married Mary Angiers at Sudbury, Mass. November 16, 1736. They had 8 children:

Sarah7, born June 9, 1737, married William Brewer, Jr.

Ebenezer7, born March 14, 1739

Mary7, born June 25, 1741 (these three born in Marlborough)

Ezekiel7, born Sept. 8, 1743, married Elinor Gill, had 7 children

Enos (Jr.)7 our ancestor

Miriam7, born March 3, 1748, married Ebenezer Drury Jr.

Persis7, born June 19, 1750

Elijah7, born October 20, 1753 (these five born in Shrewsbury)

Enos (Jr.) Goodale7 wasborn March 28, 1746, in Shrewsbury where there was a `colony' of Goodales. Many were quite intellectual and produced doctors, lawyers, and other professionals, some of whose descendants still live around Boston, most descendants of Zachariah, Isaac's younger brother. Enos lived in Temple, N.H. for a time, moved to Stoddard, N.H. in 1787, where he bought a farm. He served in the Revolutionary War as a private in a militia unit captained by his brother Ezekiel. His service wasspotty and once he was absent for six and a half days—he may have resented serving under his brother. A History of Stoddard, N.H. by I. Gould states that Enos Goodale `was in comfortable circumstances' but was not very sociable. His farm prospered until his wife died in 1809, then it deteriorated for want of proper care. Elijah was 8 years old when Mother Hannah died and the care of the family fell to Jane, then about 22. Jane gave her life to caring for her cantankerous old father. Enos made a contract with son Joel to take care of the farm and Enos for the rest of his life, but Gould says that Joel couldn't get along with his father and left home. The other sons had left as soon as they were old enough, Enos died a lonely old man of 91 on July 14, 1837.

Enos (Jr.) Goodale7 and Hannah Dinsmore were married at Shrewsbury, on March 28, 1780. Their children were:

1. Enos(III)8, born July 9, 1782, died unmarried August 12, 1808

2. Hannah8, born January 12, 1784, married James Hunter

3. Jane8, born February 5, 1787, died unmarried in Stoddard

4. Lydia8, born June 8, 1789

5. Joel8, (our ancestor)

6. Amos8, born February 5, 1793, died in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1873

7. Obadiah8, twin to Amos, married first Lucy Swain, one child, married Martha Haskell Farwell, 7 children

8. John8, born October 24, 1794, went to New York state and was lost track of by his family

9. Ira8, born October 22, 1796, died 1797

10. Asa8, born 1797, died 1798

11. Ira8, born February 16, 1798

12. Harvey8, born April 10, 1799, at Stoddard, married Betsy Crawford, had 5 children

13. Elijah8, born May 24, 1801, died December 27, 1883 in Manchester, N.H.

Joel Oratio Goodale8 was born April 25, 1791, in New Ipswich or Stoddard, N.H. On February 22, 1814, he married Elizabeth Lord Kimball (daughter of Isaac Kimball and Sarah Lord, born February 21, 1795 in Ipswich). They had the following children, the first three born in N.H.:

1. Joel H.9 who had children Jacob Alonzo, Millard, Ophelia, Joel H. Jr.

2. Artemus (Artemas) Kimball9 (our ancestor)

3. Udolphus9, who had children Melissa and Cyrus

4. Gideon L. 9, born 1826 in N.Y., had children Alice, Eliza, D. K., H. G., Cora E., Elsie, and O.M.

Artemus Kimball Goodale


5. Gustavus9, born 1829, probably killed in Iowa by robbers

6. Eliza G. 9, married an Ours, had children Emma, Samantha, William G., Charles F., Eliza, and Yary

7. Enos J. 9, born 1834, married in 1870, Martha A. Morrison, and in 1874, Charlotte M. Johnson, no children. He died November 14, 1913, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Artemus Kimball Goodale9 was born November 23, 1815, in or near Stoddard, N.H. Before he was 10, the family, which then included brothers Joel H. and Udolphus, had moved `way out West' to New York state. Joel Oratio had left home because he couldn't get along with Enos—could he also have gone to New York to look for his brother John? Or have found him?

On April 12, l837, Artemus married Amaryllis Squires Burger (born December 8, 1819, to George Nelson Burger and Anna Eliza Marsh, who was daughter of Amaryllis B. Squires Marsh) in Lockport, N.Y. The young couple moved West, possibly for the promise of a land grant, and settled in Pennsylvania, near the town of Meadville, in Crawford County. There 4 children were born:

Anna Eliza Marsh

Amaryllis Squires Burger

1. Henry Harrison10, born June 6, 1839

2. Demas Kimball10, born January 29, 1841

3. Marcius Marsh10, born January 27, 1843

4. Anna Eliza10, born December 8, 1844

With these four children under six years of age, another move was undertaken by the Artemus Goodales in 1845, this time to northern Illinois. They settled in Henry County near the towns of Kewanee and Lafayette. By 1850 there were two more children:

5. Jerusha Louisa10, our ancestor, born February 25, 1847

6. Artemus Kimball (Jr.) 10 born January 26, 1849


The Federal Census of 1850 shows father Artemus with $400 in real estate, wife Amaryllis, the six children and brother Gustavus, aged 21, living with the family. Another brother Gideon, 16, is listed in the household of the Winter family as a farmer's helper. In adjoining counties Knox and Stark were listed George N. Burger and his family, and Henry O. Burger, aged 16, obviously brothers of Amaryllis; a Robert Kimble and three Marsh families, all of whom were probably relatives of our couple and suggest a family caravan moving from Pennsylvania to Illinois. These were the years when there was a mass movement to the `Northwest Territory' from the eastern United States.

Other children born in Henry County, Ill. to Artemus and Amaryllis:

7. Richard Burgess10, born January 16, 1851

8. Sarah Amaryllis10, born November 16, 1852

9. Winfield Vanranssler10, born January 9, 1855

10. Artemecia Josephine10, born July 19, 1857

11. Ida Mandana10, born August 31, 1859

It was while living here (in 1858) that Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas came to the town of Kewanee with one of their celebrated debates. Father Artemus took his young daughter Jerusha, aged 11, and possibly some of the other children to hear it. Jerusha loved to tell of shaking hands with Lincoln afterward, but refusing to touch Douglas because herbrothers had told her that whiskey would ooze out of his hand, he being such a toper.

By 1860 the family was again on the move, this time into southern Illinois to the town of Mt. Vernon in Jefferson County. Here the last child was born:

12. Fibrenus Evelthan10, born February 15, 1862

When the War Between the States broke out, the three older boys enlisted. Henry Harrison died June 7, 1864, in Resaca, Georgia, in a Confederate prison; Demas Kimball served four years with the Illinois Volunteers, and Marcius Marsh was discharged on account of illness after only nine months service.

For many years the family lived on a farm near Old Union cemetery in Shiloh township near Mt. Vernon, the house being located on a beautiful hill just to the west of the cemetery with a commanding view of the adjacent country. According to Aunt Anna, Mother Amaryllis was an English-looking lady, tall, fair, with black hair and dark eyes, and always patient with her children. Father Artemus was about 5'10" tall, a forthright man, a strict Presbyterian. No work was ever done in his household on Sunday. His grandchildren remember him as very kindly and caring about his family.

In 1870, there are still 7 children living at home. Demas Kimball Goodale10 had married Sophina Catherine Piercey on January 10, 1866, and they had four children. He was a highly respected and successful veterinary surgeon; he worked out an efficient cure for tetanus but did not patent it. Son Otis11 was born in 1868 and died young. Harry11 was born about 1880, married Eva _____, died before 1927. Hal Demas11 was born October 4, 1884, married Minnie F. Sechrest July 27, 1907, and died February 6, 1954. He was a postmaster. Nellie Leona11, born June 17, 1875, married William W. Dillingham, and they had the following children:

1. Margaret Catherine12, born April 16, 1896, married Ruis H. Garrison, had a daughter Ledley, born June 25, 1916

2. Harry West12, born July 18, 1893

3. Elma Face12, born June 17, 1905, married W. H. Rogers

4. Dorothy Louise12, born August 9, 1908, married Eugene Cummings

5. Kenneth G. 12, born December 19, 1910, married Amos N. Reynolds, lived Abilene, TX.

`Uncle Deem' and `Aunt Fine' lived out their long lives in Mt. Vernon. She died October 11, 1927, and he died a few weeks later on November 30.

circa 1865

Demas Kimball Goodale

Sophina Catherine Piercey Goodale

circa 1920

Marcius Marsh Goodale

Marcius Marsh Goodale10 married Sarah (Sallie) Bogan in 1871 and they had two children, Lois11 and Claude11. Marcius was a handsome man, a merchant, but in middle life he sold his grocery store and went to Joliet Prison to be the head of the boys' reformatory. Some in the family thought that while he was directing other boys to lead a better life, he neglected his own children. His wife died in 1920 and he died in Mt. Vernon in 1926. Lois was born November 30, 1876, and never married. She owned and operated a wholesale flower business in Mt. Vernon, where she died March 7, 1961. Claude, born May 9, 1885, became an engineer for the railroad and was killed in a train wreck


Marcius Marsh Goodale Family circa 1900
Seated: Marcius Marsh, Sallie Bogan Goodale
Standing: Lois and Claude


Anna Eliza Goodale

Andrew Jackson Williamson

Anna Eliza Goodale10 married Andrew Jackson Williamson (son of Garrett and Louise Williamson) on January 10, 1867; he was a wagon and carriage maker. They had three children: Ulysses11 and Lenora11, who died in early childhood, and Anna Cecil11, who was born October 4, 1876, and raised an only child. She married on March 20, 1916, George W. Pace (son of Oscar H. and Nancy Day Pace). They had no children and lived with her parents until they died—the father in 1926 and Anna Eliza, the mother, on October 19, 1935. In 1947

Andrew and Anna Williamson
circa 1920
in front of their home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

George died and a few years later Cecil moved to Little Rock. Arkansas, where she spent her remaining years with her cousin, Maude Childress Roebuck, and died August 11, 1967.

Aunt Anna was patrician and aristocratic, very proud of her heritage, and raised her daughter to be a lady, which Cecil was in every sense of the word—her carriage was erect, her habits disciplined. Her needlework was of the finest, her hand-sewn garments with stitches so tiny as to be almost invisible. Although her vision and hearing diminished rapidly after she passed the age of 85, she fiercely guarded her independence, and right up to the days of her last illness, she rose early and dressed completely, even to necklace, brooch, and earrings. She never owned or wore bedroom slippers, putting on her shoes with T-straps and two-inch heels upon arising and not removing


them until she undressed for bed. She loved to reminisce about years long gone and never complained of not feeling well. Cousin Cecil was a gentlewoman and remained true to her upbringing.

Artemus Kimball (Jr.) Goodale10 died in 1874—he may have been killed in Canada. On March 20, 1876, Mother Amaryllis died of tuberculosis and daughter Sarah was sickly, so Father Artemus9 decided to move South and seek a more healthful climate. He could not be dissuaded by relatives, and so he and the seven unmarried children formed a wagon train bound for Arkansas. The four girls drove the carriage with two beautiful horses and father and the boys drove the wagons filled with their household goods and drawn by two horses each. They reached their destination in the fall of 1876, settling near the towns of Rosebud and El Paso in White County.

Thinking this the `sunny South', the Goodale family planted their crops just after Valentine Day in 1877. Although neighbors laughed, that was an unusual year with no late frosts and they had a bumper crop. The next year, persuaded by a Dr. 

Anna Cecil Williamson
before her marriage to George Pace (circa 1900)

Harris to mortgage his farm equipment in order to get a bigger crop, Artemus lost it all because of a drought. Then tragedy struck the family.

Sarah Amaryllis10 was swept downstream with her horse one day while fording a creek, took pneumonia, and died in April, 1879. The welcome mat had not exactly been out for these `blue-bellied Yankees' as they were called, and they were not fully accepted until the death of Sarah brought out the compassion of the Arkansas neighbors for the family.

The Federal Census for 1880 of White County listed in one household Artamus with daughters Josephine and Ida and son Richard with his 18 year-old wife, Mackey. Winfield and `Vella' were living in other households doing farm work.

Jerusha Louisa Goodale10 was listed with her new husband, William Massey Childress. On May 3, 1879, she had married a widower with a 16 year-old daughter. Jerusha was 32 and her husband 57, a farmer and a school teacher. The census showed husband and wife, Emma, 17, and Blanche, 6 months of age. Their children were:

Sarah Amaryllis Goodale

1. Ida Blanche11, born February 29, 1880, died August 15, 1881

2. Anna Cecil11, born December 4, 1882, died November 7, 1884

3. Lois Orpha11, born August 2, 1884, died November 1, 1958

4. Leola Sara11, born February 9, 1886, died September, 1886

5. Wylma Maude11, born November 29, 1890 (our ancestor)

William M. Childress and Jerusha Louisa Goodale

William M. Childress, son of William Childress, was born in Tennessee, moved to Mississippi as a child, and was in Arkansas by 1860. His mother and father were born in South Carolina. His first wife, Martha, and their first child were born in Tennessee, so he must have returned to Tennessee before settling in Arkansas. There were so many William Childresses in Tennessee and in Mississippi that it is difficult to be sure about his background.

His daughter Maude wrote, "I remember very little about Papa, but am told he was still a strong and robust man (when she was born in 1890), full of energy and with a healthy outlook on life. He was of average height, had keen blue eyes, gray hair and beard, and the type of face a person instinctively trusted. He was the local Justice of the Peace with a small law practice. He went to his office each morning, performed his duties, talked with friends, admonished wrong-doers and laughed at the jokes of old acquaintances who stopped in during the course of the day. He married the young couples of the town, giving them words of advice and his blessing." When a stroke caused his death, his surviving daughters were 3 and 9. The years of widowhood were not easy ones for Jerusha—she wove rugs and made quilts for sale. Artemus visited frequently and always left a $10 bill tucked under a plate or in a bowl. Aware of the pride of the Goodales, he never offered money, but the girls knew where to look after he had been there.

Maude wrote of her childhood:

Grandfather was an Old School Presbyterian in belief and Mamma was reared accordingly. `Thou shalt not break the Sabbath' was one rigid rule. No work and no play was allowed on that day. It was made to be kept holy. It was. Tea was the only thing ever prepared on Sunday. All other food was cooked on Saturday and had to be the kind that needed no refrigeration, for there were no ice boxes then. Milk stood in the watering trough which was protected and kept clean or the milk buckets were hung deep in the well…

I never knew Mamma to seek recreation of any kind for she believed that play was a waste of time and energy. When she sat down, her hands were busy with either knitting or mending, but she considered reading all right if one read something constructive. Novels were not allowed in the house…Cards were articles of the devil himself. She thought a gambler was a person to be shunned like the plague and to her any kind of game was gambling…Parties and picnics were other instruments of Satan and dancing was in the same category as playing cards. Drinking of any kind was an evil to be shunned by young as well as old. We had saloons in the town and the wrongs brought about by these places were very carefully told us by Mamma. To this day, there is nothing a drunk can do to make his state seem even slightly funny to me, no matter how he clowns.

On October 21, 1896, Jerusha married a preacher, Hugh H. Brady. She was 49 and he was 65. He had been married before and had six grown children in Ohio. Maude wrote:

Our stepfather was a Methodist preacher and our town was on his circuit. He was a musician and singer as well and could conduct his own song services. He was away so much riding the circuit in his buggy drawn by a little white mule, that his coming into our family actually made little difference in our way of living. We called him `Daddy B.' and rather liked having him around. He was mild-mannered, easy-going, and a great reader. When he was at home he spent a great deal of time in his study. He evidently thought Mamma was a good disciplinarian, for I don't remember his ever correcting us on our behavior.

There was a change in our lives when Daddy B. was elected manager of the Holiness Association, an interdenominational group which owned 20 acres with a large tabernacle in the center. We had to live on the grounds and there was an endless line of preachers visiting in our home. Most came to stay overnight but some stayed up to two weeks causing much inconvenience, more food to cook, more cleaning and washing…Many took advantage, but there were also many good men: Bishop Mead, Wild Bill Evans, Bud Robinson, H.B. Taylor, Billy Sunday, and H.C. Morrison. Carrie Nation was also a visitor at one time.

 Hugh H. Brady

Her stepfather Brady had given up his position in the campground when she wrote:

Mamma and Uncle Winfield finally decided that if Mamma could cook for free eaters (as she had done on the campground), why couldn't she get people to pay for her good cooking? It was easier than weaving, which she had given up anyway when she married for the second time. So we moved to town and Mamma took in boarders. It was hard work, but a change to say the least. Some paid their board and others took advantage of Mamma's good nature and never paid.

Richard Burgess Goodale10 was dark-eyed and dark-haired, just a little over 5 feet tall and resentful of the fact that his brothers towered over him. However, he was `hard-working and kind to everyone' according to a niece. He married first Mackey _____ and had three children: Oscar,Artemus and Mary. (Mary was born June 9, 1883, married James Anderson on July 26, 1904, and died February 18, 1977.) Richard, or Uncle Bertie, and Mackey separated and Mary, called May, went to live with her Aunt Ida and later lived with Uncle Vellie. These arrangements were to cause a rift in a family which had always been very close, a rift which never healed. Uncle Bertie then married Sarah Taylor, by whom he had a son Clarence born in 1899. They had problems and Bertie took baby Clarence at two months of age to his sister Jerusha in the middle of the night—but the next morning the baby was returned to his mother. Bertie died in Paragould, Arkansas, on May 10, 1905.

Winfield VanRanssler Goodale10 was a happy-go-lucky fellow. He was married twice, the first time to Johnnie Taylor, by whom he had two daughters, Chloe and Myrtle. Chloe and Myrtle were beautiful girls and when their mother died, they went to live with Aunt Anna and Cecil and grew up in their home. Winfield

Artemus Kimball Goodale Family
Standing: Ida Mandana, Fibrenus Evelthan, Winfield VanRanssler and wife Johnnie
Front row: Johnnie's brother Jess Taylor, Artemus, Winfield's daughter Myrtle

was a carpenter and very helpful to his family. He moved in with Jerusha for a time just before Daddy B. died and contributed to the household; when Vellie's farmhouse burned in 1917, he rebuilt the house. He remarried, moved to Marlow, Oklahoma, and died back in Illinois at the Anna State Hospital on October 17, 1927.

Artemecia Josephine10 was the beauty of the family, tall and slender, with brown eyes, auburn hair,and a mild, sweet disposition. She married a farmer, Charles Freeling on January 10,1882, and they had 6 children:

1. Nellie11, born ca 1885,died ca 1898

2. Alberta11, born August 20,1887, married Elmon Wilson, d. 1918

3. Grace11, born December16, 1890,married Henry McCullough on Sept. 13, 1908 and had 4 children, Arlene, Eldred, Mildred, and Weldon

4. Reuben11, born March 5,1892, married Willie Smith, had 5 children, died January, 1975

Winfield VanRanssler Goodale
1913 in Beebe

Henry and Grace Freeling McCullough with baby Arlene
circa 1912

Henry and Grace McCullough
circa 1960

5. Charles Herman11, born October 29, 1897,married Lola Guthrie

6. Cora Vivian11, born 1899, married Elton Daniel, had 1 daughter

Josephine, or Aunt Josie, had a hard life with Uncle Charlie, who loved to fish and hunt and rest. She died April 20, 1912,near Beebe, Arkansas.


Right: Charles Freeling Family ca. 1912
From l-r: Josephine Goodale Freeling, husband Charles Freeling, Cora and Reuben Freeling and a neighbor

Below: Thomas McKinney Family
Standing: Roy Eugene McKinney, May Goodale (cousin)
Seated: Thomas McKinney, Harry, Ida Goodale McKinney
In front: Gertrude and baby Lillie

Ida Mandana10 also married a farmer, Thomas McKinney, on March 8, 1891. It was the second marriage for him—he had three sons, owned a sawmill and 160 acres of rich bottom land. Aunt Ida was endowed with the traditional Goodale pride and they lived well. They were the only family in the town of New Hope to own a surrey and a house with a breeze-way. Their children were:

1. Roy Eugene11, born July 11,1893, married Mabel Revely Dec. 30, 1921, had 3 children, Geraldine, Wendell, Lavonne. He was a school teacher and a principal, He died October 3,1983

2. Harry11, born March 21, 1895, married Ada Rogers, had 4 children: Ermon, Anita, Ruth and Louise

3. Gertrude Irene11, born Jan. 18,1897, married Otho Faulk, had 6 children: Lloyd, Othemia, La Nelle, Weldon, Farrell and Dennis

4. Lillie Mable11, born Dec. 9, 1899, married Elza E. Neal,

had 3 children: Beal, Kermit and Irma, who married a Halford

5. George Washington11, who died very young

Ida died July 26, 1939, and is buried at Stony Point.

Fibrenus Evelthan Goodale10 married first Mary Ellen Quick (daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Galloway Quick) on March 1, 1891. The ceremony was performed by W.M. Childress , J.P. They had 5 children:

1. Essie Mary11, born Jan. 4, 1892, died Dec. 25, 1923of tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Roswell, N.M.

Right: Essie Mary Goodale

Left: Arvel Henry Goodale

Right: Lillian's children
(Standing) Aunt Anna Williamson, Cousin Cecil, Lillian holding Joy Roebuck
(In Front) Venici, A.F. Jr., and Velmagene


Lillian's children
(Left to right) Venici, Velmagene, A.F. Jr., and Vivian holding Mary Ellen

2. Lelia Irene (Lillian) 11, born Jan. 2, 1894, married Austin Franklin Thomas, had 5 children: Vivian Irene (married Howard Robertson, no children); Velmagene (married first Leo Buchanan, one son, Thomas Mills Buchanan; second, Leo Gray, one son, John Franklin Gray); Venici (married James Mann,

one daughter, Lana Leigh); Mary Ellen (married James Lowell Holbert, no children); A.F. Jr., unmarried. Lillian died December, 1983

3. Arvel Henry11, born January 12, 1897, married Bertye Hodges, no children. He died April 15, 1959,in Little Rock, Arkansas.

4. Ted Gaston11, born March 30, 1898, died October 20, 1918, of flu

5. Marvin Evelthan11, born Feb. 8, 1900,married Gladys McAfee, had one child, Marvelene Michelle (married Robert Logsdon, had 3 children: Thomas Kimble, Sheri Michelle, Valerie). Marvin died August 1, 1973, in Beebe, Arkansas

 Lillian and her children in 1977

(Left to right) A.F. Jr., Velmagene, Lillian, Venici, and Mary Ellen


Above Left: Ted Gaston Goodale

Above Right: Farmhouse of Fibrenus Evelthan Goodale (photo 1977)

Below: Fibrenus Evelthan Goodale with his second wife, Annie Belle McKendree, Harold and Forrest

After the death of his wife in 1904, Uncle Vellie married Annie Belle McKendree in 1905 (daughter of William and Matilda Loving McKendree), had 4 children:

6. Forrest William11, born Sept. 11, 1906, died July 23, 1922, of pneumonia.

7. Unida Annie11, born Jan. 7, 1909, died Sept. 29, 1909.

8. Harold Deam11, born Nov. 4, 1910, married first Thelma Daniels, second Carmen Irving, third Annie Nelson on April 8, 1954, no children.

9. Daisy Dean11, born Jan. 7, 1913,married Ben Moody, then George Griffin, no children.

Fibrenus Evelthan10 died on his farm near Beebe, Arkansas, on Jan. 28, 1925. He was a loving father and grandfather and is remembered kindly by his descendants.

Among the young cousins in Arkansas around the turn of the century were five who were very near the same age: Rube and Grace Freeling, Roy McKinney, Essie Goodale and Maude Childress. They were together often at the Freelings or the McKinneys or the Goodales, climbing trees and playing together.


One of the attributes of the Goodales which seems to go a long way back was their propensity to stay close together. As the Artemus Goodales moved to Pennsylvania and on into Illinois, there were always `kin' families moving along with them, and even though the family was divided when in 1876 part moved to Arkansas, they always kept in touch. As late as 1910, the Illinois brothers and sisters came to Beebe for a family reunion, and there was always much individual visiting back and forth.

The only serious rift came when Uncle Bertie's daughter May who was living with Aunt Ida,came to believe as a teen-ager that she was not allowed enough freedom and ran away to Uncle Vellie's, who took her in, This caused bad feeling between the sister and brother, further aggravated when Father Artemus died and left his farm and stock to son Vellie, his money to Jerusha and Josie, but only $1.00 to Ida. Aunt Ida did not need his money, but the principle of the thing bothered her. Artemus had been living with Vellie before his death in 1904.

Orpha and Maude Childress
circa 1905

The daughters of Jerusha Childress Brady10 who survived to adulthood were Lois Orpha11 and Wylma Maude11. Orpha married George Woodward Womack (son of Rev. N.W. Womack, pastor of M.E. Church,Beebe) on Dec. 22, 1904. They had 5 children:

1. Ottis Woodward12, born August 15, 1905, married Virgie Lee Gay, had one daughter, Gladys Ann (who married Thomas Alfred Manning, had one daughter, Sabrina LeAnn), died Sept. 10, 1958, in Great Falls, Montana, of a brain tumor.

2. Gladys Louise12, twin to Ottis, married Hobson Steward, then James Armbruster, had no children, died March 6, 1935,in Little Rock, Arkansas, of a perforated ulcer.

3. Frank, born about 1908, died 1920 of a burst appendix.

4. Doris Elnora, born June 9, 1913,married first, V.C. Throckmorton, had two sons, Rolly (who died of polio at age 3) and George LaValle; second, Gordon Tully, one daughter, Laneda.

5. George Woodward, Jr. born Sept. 16, 1918, married first Margaret _____, then Millie _____, 2 children: George Iran and Lois Irene.

Lois Orpha Womack died Nov. 1, 1958, in Hope, Arkansas, of a heart attack. Maude Childress Roebuck wrote of her sister Orpha:

Orpha Childress Womack and Maude Childress Roebuck circa 1953

My sister was very sensitive and always had a fierce pride, Even when very young, she had an appreciation of style and learned to embroider and sew at an early age. She always refused to go barefoot and wanted nice shoes. To the day she died, she would economize on a dress or wear a remodeled hat, but her shoes were the best make and her shoe rack held a pair for every occasion.

Orpha was a seamstress and her clientele were the wealthiest ladies in the town,wherever she was living. She never sat down at the sewing machine, however, unless her house was in immaculate order, and it was her habit to work late into the evenings.

Wilma Maude Childress11married William Robert Roebuck on April 6, 1911. Willie Rob was one of the traveling salesmen who stopped at the boarding house when he was in Beebe, and a romance developed between him and Maude.

Her stepfather, Hugh Brady,died August 14, 1912, and from that time on, she and her husband and family made their home with Jerusha. Jerusha died July 29, 1935 in Little Rock,Arkansas, of capillary bronchitis and nephritis and is buried at Stony Point with the other members of her family.

Of her marriage, Maude wrote only this sentence: "Here I wish I might write in the greatest love story ever lived but such was not the case." But of her mother's death (1935) she wrote:

And then heaven and earth slid away from my support the day my mother died, I was like a moth in a cocoon that had been long in unfolding in the sunshine of love, but had bruised and battered itself against the wrappings. I was now motherless. There had been many times in childhood and young womanhood that I had rebelled against the restraint of unfailing love. Now I was uprooted and without protection. 

 Three Generations of Goodales

Jerusha Childress Brady and Maude Childress Roebuck holding Eloise in 1913


I knew I must go on for life must be lived and having married in the meantime, I had a husband and children to look to me for love, so there was no time to let go and be idle. (Note: In fact,she had been married for 24 years and had five children, ages 7 to 23.) …She would not live anywhere but with us. She had her own income which she freely shared all through the dreadful depression … The children were not always as kind and courteous as our elders deserve, but she was tireless in her work for them and she wanted them to measure up to her standard of life.

Children of Wylma Maude Childress and William Robert Roebuck are listed in THE ROEBUCK FAMILY.

The Home of Isaac Goodale

(Above) Isaac Goodale's 6th great-granddaughter, Merriam Roebuck Wiggins, and 7th great-grandson, Charles Leighton Wiggins, standing in front of the house built for him by his father in Salem, Massachusetts, 1669-70. Moved to Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1928 and restored by Dr. Robert L. Goodale.

(Below left) Side and front of house.

(Below right) Detail of side. Notice sundial built into wall and framed cutaway showing original stone and mortar,

Interiors of Isaac Goodale's house after the restoration.

(Top left) Bedroom.

(Middle left) Kitchen hearth.

(Bottom left) Baby's cradle in front of living room fireplace.

(Bottom right) Various tools, and a period hat similar to those worn by Isaac Goodale.

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