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THE FASCINATION OF FAMILY RESEARCH
My mother-in-law's maternal grandparents WILLIAM and LYDIA GOODWIN, arrived in the colony aboard the "Cornwall" on 1st September 1839 with their sons,WILLIAM, ALFRED, CHARLES and JOB. As bounty immigrants they were to work for MR STEELE ,Hunter River. Could this have been THOMAS STEELE of St Clair, Falbrook ? Their daughter, ANNE (my mother-in-law's mother) was born on 12th June 1841 but not baptised until 18th April 1851,when then stated to be born at `Glendon`. Little is then known of the family until 20th January 1852 when ALFRED GOODWIN married a widow,HELEN COOPER,daughter of JESSE and HANNAH JUDGE.The ceremony being conducted by the REV BLACKWOOD of the Church of England, Singleton.They had two children,JACOB born 15th May,1859 and ARLETTA born 14th April,1866. The Maitland Mercury 24th July 1856 carried the following advertisement.. "The undersigned wishes to dispose of his interest in the Daniel O'Connell Inn situated at Anvil Creek.Possession to be taken on next transfer day and stock-in-trade,furniture etc to be taken at evaluation-Alfred Goodwin 23th July,1856."
In the Publication,`Inns and Hotels 1825-1900`the Daniel O'Connell Inn is stated as being first licenced in 1853,with William Bourke as licensee 1854 and 1855 and Brian Egan licensee in 1856. The Maitland Mercury 11th August,1860 advertised.. `Strayed from Stamford,Black Creek, 3 horses-Charles Goodwin`and on 3rd November,1860.. `Stolen or strayed from Stamford, Black Creek, 3 horses-Charles Goodwin.` The Maitland Mercury 14th May 1861 heading `Man found Drowned`was followed by the inquest report on 18th May,1861...
MAN FOUND DROWNED.
`An inquest was held before Dr. Glennie, coroner for the district of Patrick's Plains, on the 13th instant, at the residence of William Goodwin, Stamford, near Black Creek, on view of the body of a man unknown then,and there lying dead. Charles Goodwin deposed that on the previous.day, about half-past nine in the morning, he went to the river, where he saw something in the water which looked like a man.. On going down to the spot witness found the deceased quite naked at the edge of the water, on the beach. Deceased had a belt round the top of one shoulder and under the other. Witness with the assistance of his cousin, afterwards removed the body to his house. Witness had no knowledge of the man.. The jury returned,the following verdict :- 'That a person., to the jury unknown,was found dead in the river, but there is no evidence to show how he came to his death. Dr. Glennie had kindly furnished us with further particulars, from which it appears that the body was that of a strongly built man about thirty years of age, and five feet seven inches high. The deceased had sandy whiskers and the body was not in the slightest decomposed, and could not have been in the water longer than one or two days. It is most probable that the man attempted to swim the river, and for that purpose undressed himself and fastened his clothes to his shoulder with the belt which was found on him, and that the strong current that has been running in the river for the last fortnight swept him away, and also washed the clothes from between the belt.`
With reference to the shooting of PETER CLARK of Bulga,at Warland Range on 9th April 1863,I read in 2nd Volume of `A HISTORY OF THE EATHER FAMILY-`On Thursday,9th April as they crossed Warland's Range ,they met a stranger by the name of Alfred Goodwin who sought their permission to travel with them`.`Was this "our" ALFRED GOODWIN ? I have found no other. The REV ALFRED GLENNIE, Rector of Lochinvar,wrote in his diary on 28th January 1864-`Held service at MRS CARPENTER'S ,Belford.Baptised her child and two others.At Branxton,I received a message from ALFRED GOODWIN to go and see him at once as he was dangerously ill.Went to "The Wilderness" then to GOODWIN'S. Found him better than led to expect...On Wednesday rode up to see ALFRED GOODWIN and found him apparently better.Read to him the 116th Psalm and commented upon applying it to himself".
On 6th March 1865 the REV GLENNIE wrote- "After dinner I went by appointment and administered Holy Communion to poor old MRS GOODWIN,who gets very feeble and suffers greatly from pains in her head".Then on 3rd May 1865 he wrote "Had my last lesson with the confirmation class at Elderslie and Branxton and gave them all their tickets.On the way home I looked in at GOODWIN'S and heard his daughter ANN going through her Catechism".He wrote on Friday,11th May 1865,"I called in to see old MRS GOODWIN,by the way who appears to be drawing very near her end and I fully expect to hear of her death tomorrow".
LYDIA GOODWIN died at Branxton on 13th May 1865,aged 67 years.(old indeed).Of her death and funeral the REV GLENNIE wrote on 16th May 1866- "Steady rain the greater part of the day. I went to Branxton to-day to bury old MRS GOODWIN,who after some 10 or 12 years or more of great bodily affliction died on Sunday last.A long time since I rode out on so wet a day".This is as far as I have yet read the REV GLENNIE'S diary so may learn further GOODWIN happenings. ANN GOODWIN married HENRY WILLIAM GRAY on 23rd July,1873.This marriage was also conducted by the REV BLACKWOOD ,probably at Belford.The witnesses were JOHN DRYES and FRANCES LAMBKIN..HENRY and ANN GRAY also had a daughter,ARLETTA.The significance of this name with the GOODWIN family is not known. WILLIAM GOODWIN died at Belford on 28th November 1884,aged 89 years,at the home of HENRY and ANN GRAY.WILLIAM and LYDIA'S ages on arrival were both given as 38 years and neither quite fits in with ages given at their deaths.
- To be continued.