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The story passed down through the family is that Arthur Goodson was born in Ireland.Census records show South Carolina as his place of birth.Another story passed down is that in 1850, Montgomery County had only one Millwright and he was Arthur Goodson.Arthur stood well over six feet and had his shoes special made.One story told from generation to generation tells how he choked a panther to death with his bare hands.The panther got into his pig pen and he thought it was a dog. It happened at night and when he tried to kick it out of the pen it attacked him.When his wife came to help with a lantern and knife the panther was already dead, but Arthur was unable to remove the claws from his shoulder without her assistance.
Thomas Harding added this on 15 Sep 2010
28 Aug 1798
in South Carolina
4 DEC 1869
in Montgomery, Montgomery, Texas, United States,
19 AUG 1761
in James River, Buckingham, Virginia, United States,
24 FEB 1845
in Fork, Conecuh, Alabama, United States,
Thomas Ward The Patriot
DAR and family records indicate that SC Patriot Thomas Ward was born August 19, 1761 near the James River in the Colony of Virginia, and served during the American Revolution in SC.He died here in the Fork Sepulga area in 1844. Patriot Thomas Ward had a patriot pension and two wives, according to family members and DAR history.
Patriot Thomas Ward married his first wife, Ann Goodson in 1782 in South Carolina.They had at least four children, two sons and two daughters.Ann Goodson Ward died in May 1826 and is buried here at Ward-Witherington Cemetery.Thomas Ward’s second wife was the widow, Sarah Pattrick, who he married in 1828 in Conecuh Co.
Thomas Ward had been a major land owner in Darlington County, SC, owning a total of at least 2,184 acres between 1810 and 1820.In Sept 1815, Thomas Ward sold 684 acres on Lynches Creek and Long Branch to Copeland Pierce.He sold his remaining land in Darlington on Oct 5, 1819, migrating here to Conecuh Co, Alabama in early 1820s, possibly as early as the summer or fall of 1820.He was one of the first settlers of the Fork Sepulga area.
We do not know if Thomas Ward was a nearby neighbor or acquaintance of William Witherington, Sr. in Darlington, SC, but both Patriot Ward and Patriot Witherington each owned 200 acres on Lynches Creek in Old Cheraws District, SC before 1800.
There were a number of early Ward family members that settled in this same Fork Sepulga area of Conecuh County, most appearing to have been the brothers and sons of Patriot Thomas Ward.In fact, the land that this cemetery is located on, and on which we are standing today, was recorded in 1837 to William Ward, son of Patriot Thomas Ward.Land recordings show that the various Ward Families owned at least 280 acres here in Section 10 near this cemetery.
There are a large number of descendants here today to honor the memory of their ancestors, SC Patriot Thomas Ward and his wife, Ann Goodson Ward, both buried here at Ward-Witherington Cemetery.
I am Thomas Ward Snyder (born 31 Aug 1968), the great great grandson of the Patriot.Named after my great Grandfather Byron Thomas Ward, named after his father Able Thomas Ward who was named after his great grandfather - The Patriot Thomas Ward
Source: This is from the dedication of the Ward-Witherington Cemetery in Conecuh Co., Alabama in November 2005. It was supplied by Bill King, a decendent of the Witherington family.
in Darlington, Darlington, South Carolina, United States,
20 May 1826
in Conecuh, Alabama, United States