Note: This is an evolving story and I am looking for input.
In the late 1700s there were two brothers, James (Big James) and David Goodfellow (Big David) from Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland. David was the younger brother. There may have been others with names like William, Joseph, or John but they are not central players at this point. These brothers lived in County Cavan, Ireland. Their sons went to the United States. James married Sarah Herman and had William (pre-1800), John (pre-1800), Robert (1800), David (1802), James, and Anne. David married a Finney and had David F.(1805), William (1810), and Joseph (1815) (three brothers who traveled to the United States). Note that other siblings may be involved or may have remained in Ireland. There may have been some sisters that made the trip. This fairytale (perhaps) is a reconstruction with some conjectured filler based on the contributions of Jana Trent, Jackie Kirrage, Geoff Goodfellow, Kim Goodfellow and John H. E. Goodfellow. Corrections,clarifications or better thinking are welcome. There may be some discrepancy in some of the dates but I have seen ages vary from record to record – especially in the census. I have also seen poorly written zeros taken to be sixes, etc.
Big James Line:
1. William ? We do know that Robert had an older brother William suggesting that Big James had a brother named William.
2. John married Elizabeth Thompson and had William Beacham, John Thompson, Robert, and Eliza Goodfellow – this line led to Jackie Kirrage. (Note: Children named after uncles and mother’s maiden name used as middle name).
3. Robert married Susan Cuthbert and never traveled to St. Louis – this line led to John H. E. Goodfellow.
4. David married Phoebe Jane Rutledge and had Thomas, Susan, Eliza J., William, Robert K., Mary Ellen. Jane’s sister Sarah Rutledge (b 1830) married a Robert Goodfellow (later she married John Story – Thomas Rutledge (1843) lived with her and John Story in the 1860 census). This line led to Jana Trent (through Thomas) and to me (through Eliza).
5. James married Sarah Veatch (Veitch) and had children John, David, Margaret, Susan, and Isabelle. The oldest boys were born in Ireland and the youngest girls in Missouri. By the 1850 census James was not living in Missouri with Sarah. John went on to marry Sarah Martha McCain(McCone) in 1857. This line led to Kim Goodfellow.
6. Anne married Dr. Veitch (Veatch) and lived in New York
Big David Line:
1. David F. married Mary Gordon Day and had Anna, Sarah J., David Henry, Charles, Joseph, Adonirum, and Margaret. David F. Died in 1858. I don’t have a reference for Big David’s wife but if she was a Finney that would account for David’s middle name. Also the postings suggest that David F. Married Mary Gordon Day in Virginia. Was that in the United States or was that in Virginia, County Cavan in Ireland? In the 1850 census, a 40 year old George Beggs was living with David F. and Mary Gordon. This line led to Geoff Goodfellow.
2. William married Margaret Beggs (b. 1816) and had Margaret E., Rebecca J., David, Lizzie, Emma . . .
3. Joseph married Margaret and had no children.
Some Rationale for the brother divisions:
1. In the 1830 census in St. Louis, James and John were together suggesting a brother connection. The assumption is that Robert did not come to St. Louis. In the 1840 census, David and John were together suggesting that David, John and James were brothers. William, Robert and Anne are placed in the group based on notes from John H. E. Goodfellow.
2. In the 1840 census William is with a D. Goodfellow, presumed to be David F. As mentioned, George Beggs lived with David F. Suggesting that William and David F. are brothers. Other postings suggest that Joseph and David F. are brothers.
3. In the 1850 census, Sarah, the presumed wife of James, shows her oldest boys as David and John. The way names were given at that time, there is a suggestion that these boys were named after uncles – again placing James, John and David as brothers.