In these fast-moving times, it is refreshing to pause for a moment and let one's mind wander over the lives of past generations of ancestors.
In bygone days the family would gather together at different homes. It did not matter how many were present, as there was always a place to sleep and enough to eat. I can remember times when my grandfathers home had five tablets in rotation for Sunday dinner. It was during those times that family history would be handed down to the next generation. Nowadays, due to the fact that the family is scattered over many states or has busy schedules, we find it difficult to gather in large groups. For this reason "The Goodwin Reunion" decided to gather and publish this family history before it was lost forever. We believe this publication to be accurate to the best of our knowledge. If there is any incorrect information, please forgive us. It is not our intention to hurt anyone's feelings; however, being human we can mace mistakes.
This book is divided into two sections: Historical and Genealogical, with and appendix between the two. The Genealogical portion is numbered by generations born in America. For example: James Goodwin Sr. is the first generation and his grandchildren are third generation. When a person has married mote than once, each marriage is designated by a letter (A, B, C) and children of these marriages by a generation number and marriage letter.
We dedicate this publication to Robert M. Goodwin. Without his memory the historical portion would have been impossible to write. Robbie, when a young boy, talked many times with some of the early family members and retained this knowledge. The records have never proved his memory false.
In behalf of "The Goodwin Reunion,” I would like to express our appreciation to Elizabeth Idella Goodwin who helped compile this book and to the following researchers who gathered the necessary information.
Sennie Austin Goodwin Ruth Newton
Lois Goodwin Mamie Deli Smith
Ruby Goodwin Mary Catherine Padgett
Sennie (Marion) Goodwin Lucille Beach
Orrie Goodwin Patti Copeland
Jake Goodwin Jacqueline Hayden
Billy Goodwin Jessie Rhode
Gordon Goodwin Nether Bishop
Leroy Swindell Lib Smith
Vernice Morrison Calleth Grooms
Clyde Padgeat Gertrude Strickland
Also my personal thanks to the Officers of the Reunion who helped Coordinate this work.
Jewel Goodwin Heirs - Vice Chairman
Louise Goodwin Copeland - Treasurer
Eula Smith - Secretary
Bernice Goodwin Williamson, Chaplain
James R. Goodwin - Custodian
Floyd A. Goodwin