Godwin, meaning “god-friend”, was one of the commonest names in England before the Norman Conquest.  A notable bearer of the name was Godwin, Earl of Wessex, chief adviser to Canute, and most powerful earl in England.  Under Edward the Confessor, he was exiled, but almost immediately invaded England and regained his former importance.  The Goodwin Sands off the coast of Kent, formerly the scene of many shipwrecks, were supposedly once a fertile island belonging to the earl.  Our Goodwin family is unlikely to be linked to the noble earl, but probably descends from one of his innumerable namesakes.

 

Ralph Goodwin, his wife and young son Thomas settled in the Shropshire village of Bridgnorth some time before 1620.  Their origin is unknown at present, but the name Goodwin does not occur in the Bridgnorth parish records before their arrival.  After arriving in Bridgnorth, the couple had seven more children, who were all baptised in St Leonard's Church:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Thomas Goodwin

Margaret Goodwin

William Goodwin

Allyce Goodwin

Richard Goodwin

Matthew Goodwin

Frances Goodwin

Elizabeth Goodwin

(1618-?)

(1620-?)

(1623-?)

(1626-?)

(1627-?)

(1630-?)

(1630-?)

(1632-?)

m. Elizabeth Preene, 1640


m. Elizabeth Bendbow, 1649


m. Joyce


m. Rebecca

Ralph's wife is not named in the baptismal records, and his forename is often spelled "Raph", reflecting the old pronunciation "Rafe". 

 

Thomas Goodwin was born in about 1618, before his parents moved to Bridgnorth, and he married Elizabeth Preene in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 1 September 1640.  Elizabeth was born in Bridgnorth in either 1617 or 1618.  They had ten children, all baptised at St Leonard's:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.


Jane Goodwin

John Goodwin

Elizabeth Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin

Frances Goodwin

Elizabeth Goodwin

Richard Goodwin

Luke Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin

Anne Goodwin

(1641-?)

(1643-?)

(1645-?)

(1645-?)

(1647-?)

(1650-?)

(1652-?)

(1654-?)

(1657-?)

(1659-?)



(died young)

(died young)

m. Robert Jones, 1671


m. Anne

m. Diana Hagar, 1677


Luke Goodwin was baptised in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 26 October 1654, and married Diana Hagar there on 20 October 1677.  Diana was baptised in the nearby market town of Madeley on 13 January 1655, and was the daughter of William Hagar of Bridgnorth and his wife Mary.  The Hagar family is recorded at Bridgnorth from the late 1500s.  "Diana" was a fairly unusual name at the time, and the records show various spellings, including "Deyanna", "Diyanna", "Hanna" and "Hannah".

 

Luke and Diana had four children, all baptised in Bridgnorth:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Thomas Goodwin

Diana Goodwin

Edward Goodwin

Anne Goodwin

(1679-?)

(1682-?)

(1690-?)

(1694-?)


m. Mary Wheelwright, 1703

 

Thomas Goodwin was baptised in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 17 August 1679, and married Mary Wheelwright there on 5 June 1703.  Mary was baptised in Bridgnorth on 4 November 1682, and was the daughter of Rowland Wheelwright and his wife Hester Hopper.  Thomas and Mary had eleven children, all baptised in Bridgnorth.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.


Mary Goodwin

Anne Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin

William Goodwin

Elinor Goodwin

Elizabeth Goodwin

Richard Goodwin

Mary Goodwin

Edward Goodwin

Elizabeth Goodwin

William Goodwin

(1704-?)

(1705-?)

(1707-?)

(1707-?)

(1708-?)

(1709-?)

(1710-?)

(1712-?)

(1715-?)

(1717-?)

(1719-?)


(died young)



(died young)


(died young)

m. Margaret Sydall, 1739

 

Richard Goodwin was baptised in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 2 March 1712, and married Margaret Sydall there on 14 February 1739.  (Margaret was born in Bridgnorth in either 1716 or 1718.)  Their eight children were all baptised in Bridgnorth:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Frances Goodwin

Samuel Goodwin

Betty Goodwin

Sally Goodwin

Susanna Goodwin

Richard Goodwin

Rebecca Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin

(1741-?)

(1742-?)

(1744-?)

(1745-?)

(1748-?)

(1751-?)

(1753-?)

(1756-?)








m. Samuel Dalloway, 1791

m. Margaret Bagley, 1786

   

Thomas Goodwin was baptised in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 12 September 1756, and married Margaret Bagley in nearby Quatt Malvern on 14 February 1786.  Margaret was possibly baptised in Barrow, near Broseley on 1 April 1760, daughter of John and Sarah Bagley.  Thomas was a stone mason, and the couple had five children, all baptised in Bridgnorth:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


John Goodwin

Mary Goodwin

Sarah Goodwin

Edward Goodwin

Anne Goodwin

(1787-?)

(1788-?)

(1791-?)

(1793-1846)

(1799-?)

m. Elizabeth Lateward, 1806



m. Mary Hancox, 1818

 

Edward Goodwin was baptised in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 4 August 1793, and became a carpet weaver.  He married Mary Hancox on 26 April 1818 in Ribbesford, Worcestershire, and the couple had seven children, all born in Bridgnorth:


1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Anna Maria Goodwin

John Ambrose Goodwin

John Ambrose Goodwin

William Goodwin

Edwin Goodwin

Mary Ann Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin

(1819-1879)

(1821-?)

(1822-1881)

(1823-?)

(1826-1866)

(1832-?)

(1834-1876)

m. Matthew Wharington, 1837

(died young)

m. Maria Johnson, 1844

(died young)

m. Betsy Thorpe, 1857

(died young)

m. Emma Farlow, 1856

Mary died between 1834 and 1837, and Edward married Martha Jordan, widow of Joseph Bishop, in Bridgnorth on Christmas Day 1837. 

 

Edward died of pulmonary consumption in Bridgnorth on 23 November 1846

 

 

Anna Maria Goodwin was born in Bridgnorth, and baptised in Quatt Malvern, Shropshire on 3 March 1819.  She married Matthew Wharington, a weaver, in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 25 January 1837.  He was baptised in St Peter's Church, Leeds on 20 August 1813, and was the son of Matthew Wharington and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor.  Like most of Anna Maria's siblings, the Wharingtons left Bridgnorth around 1850 when the carpet weaving trade fell into recession, and migrated to Wolverhampton, where Matthew became a warehouseman.  They had twelve children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.


William Wharington

Elizabeth Wharington

Mary Ann Wharington

Harriet Wharington

Jane Wharington

Sarah Wharington

Edward Wharington

Ann Wharington

Matthew Henry Wharington

George Wharington

Emily Wharington

James Wharington

(1837-1901)

(1839-1888)

(1841-1845)

(1843-1855)

(1845-1913)

(1847-1915)

(1849-1930)

(1852-1926)

(1854-1910)

(1857-1887)

(1859-1859)

(1860-1866)

m. Sarah Moreton, 1860

m. Alfred Owens, 1865

 

 


m. George Rothan, 1870


m. John Tatem Cowderoy, 1876

m. Mary Anne Moran, 1879

m. Mary Ann Moreland, 1879

Matthew died in Wolverhampton in 1875, and Anna Maria in 1879.

 

Note: For reasons of clarity, the descendants of this line are followed on a separate page.



John Ambrose Goodwin was baptised in St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth on 7 August 1822, and married Maria Johnson at St Mary's Church, Bridgnorth on 1 October 1844.  Maria was born in Knighton, Radnorshire in about 1820, but her parents James and Sarah were from Shopshire: James was a tanner, and his wife Sarah was born in Bridgnorth in about 1790.

 

John and Maria were the last generation of the Goodwin family to live in Bridgnorth: the advent of power weaving and steam-powered mass production sounded the death knell of the old cottage industry practised in their youth by John and his brothers.  In late 1850 or early 1851 the family moved to Wolverhampton, where John is variously described as a tarcloth maker, a tarpauler and a sheet and tent maker.

 

The first four of John and Maria's children were born in Bridgnorth and the others in Wolverhampton:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Mary Ann Goodwin

James Johnson Goodwin

Thomas William Goodwin

John Ambrose Goodwin

Sarah Jane Goodwin

Jeremiah Ambrose Goodwin

Ann Maria Goodwin

Emily Goodwin

(1843-1918)

(1845-1916)

(1848-1875

(1850-1901)

(1853-?)

(1858-1903)

(1861-1923)

(1863-1930)

m. Samuel Gregory, 1867

m. Emma Fenn, 1864

m. Margaret Harpin, 1871

m. Sarah Ann Smith, 1870


m. Elizabeth Rebecca Hadley, 1880

m. Charles Carter, 1881

m. William Rudd, 1882

Maria's mother Sarah was living with the Goodwins in 1851, and her brother James also brought his family to Wolverhampton in the late 1850s. 

 

Maria died in Wolverhampton on 6 April 1863 of haemorrage following childbirth, and John subsequently married Maria Peplow in St James' Church Wolverhampton on 4 July 1869.  Maria was a widow, born in Wellington, Shropshire in about 1811, and was the daughter of a gardener named John Peplow.  She died in Wolverhampton, and was buried in Merridale Cemetery on 28 May 1878.  John then married Mary Price in Wolverhampton in 1879.  Mary was born in Priorlee, Shropshire in about 1820, and died in Wolverhampton in 1884. 

 

John died of bronchitis in Wolverhampton on 8 December 1882 and was buried in Merridale Cemetery four days later.

 

 

Edwin Goodwin (also known as Edward) was baptised in Bridgnorth on 15 October 1826, and followed the family trade of weaving as a young man.  However, by 1851 he had left Bridgnorth for Leicester, where he was an apprentice grocer, and he married Betsy Thorpe there in 1857.  Betsy was born in Leicester in 1833, and was the daughter of Joseph Thorpe and his wife Catherine Shaw.  Edward and Betsy had two sons:

 

1.

2.


William Henry Goodwin

George Albert Goodwin

(1853-1902)

(1864-?)

m. Augusta Susannah Thompson, 1878

m. Florence Gertrude Lewitt, 1888

Edward died in Leicester in 1866, and Betsy later married Thomas Elsworth there in 1875.

 

 

Thomas Goodwin was baptised in Bridgnorth on 21 July 1834, and like his brothers, started his working life there as a carpet weaver.  However, like them, he moved away in the 1850s to seek work elsewhere, becoming a blacksmith in Sedgley, Staffordshire.  He married Emma Farlow in Wolverhampton in 1856, and the couple had four children, all born in Sedgley:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


James Edward Goodwin

Alfred Thomas Goodwin

Samuel Albert Goodwin

Ernest Richard Goodwin

(1856-1910)

(1861-1883)

(1867-1889)

(1870-1951)

m. Mary Ann Watkiss, 1882



m. Sarah Ann Lester, 1892

Thomas died in Sedgley in 1876, and Emma married Richard Hill at St James' Church, Dudley in 1878.

 


James Johnson Goodwin, oldest son of John Ambrose Goodwin and Maria Johnson, was baptised in Bridgnorth on 8 January 1845, and moved with his family to Wolverhampton as a child.  He worked as a labourer in the iron works, and married Emma Fenn at All Saints' Church, Sedgley in 1864.  Emma was born in Wolverhampton in 1847, and was the daughter of John Fenn and his wife, Caroline Holmes.  James and Emma had fourteen children, all born in Wolverhampton:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.


John James Goodwin

Enoch Goodwin

James Goodwin

William Goodwin 

Emma Goodwin

Elizabeth Goodwin

Maria Goodwin

Harry Goodwin

Edward Goodwin

Sarah Jane Goodwin

James Goodwin 

Thomas Goodwin 

Samuel Goodwin

Albert Goodwin

(1865-?)

(1866-?)

(1869-1871)

(1871-?)

(1872-1873)

(1875-1935)

(1878-?)

(1880-1916)

(1882-1883)

(1883-1884)

(1884-1886)

(1886-1886)

(1888-1959)

(1890-1890)

m. Ada John, 1890

m. Sarah Evans, 1891


m. Sarah Hannah Wootton, 1900









m. Mary Elizabeth Baker, 1911

Seven of the children died in infancy, and are buried in Merridale Cemetery.

 

Harry Goodwin, who is bizarrely recorded under the name "Uriah" on the 1881 census, was a private in the South Staffordshire Regiment during WW1.  He was killed on the Somme on 21 December 1916, and is buried in La Neuville Communal Cemetery, Corbie.

 

Emma died in Wolverhampton, and was buried in Merridale Cemetery on 24 December 1906.  James was buried there on 16 January 1916 at the age of 70 under the name James Ambrose Goodwin.

 

 

John Ambrose Goodwin, son of John Ambrose Goodwin and Maria Johnson, was born in Bridgnorth in 1850, shortly before the family moved to Wolverhampton.  He was an iron moulder, and married Sarah Ann Smith in Wolverhampton on 6 June 1870.  The couple had six children, and migrated from Wolvehampton to Manchester in the mid-1870s.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


Maria Goodwin

John Ambrose Goodwin

Louisa Goodwin

Sarah Ann Goodwin

Thomas Ambrose Goodwin

Emily Goodwin

(1871-1918)

(1872-1927)

(1877-1945)

(1879-1946)

(1880-1934)

(1884-1955)

m. Josiah Hackett, 1892

m. Margaret Ann Archer, 1897

m. Robert John Denham, 1897

m. Harry Berry, 1916

m. Mary Ann White, 1902

m. Edward Cooper, 1915

John was buried in Southern Cemetery, Manchester on 21 December 1901, and Sarah on 8 January 1921.

 

 

Jeremiah Ambrose Goodwin, son of John Ambrose Goodwin and Maria Johnson, was born in Wolverhampton in 1858, and married Elizabeth Rebecca Hadley there in 1880.  She was born in Wolverhampton in 1858, and was the daughter of William Hadley and his wife Rebecca Pugh.  Elizabeth had a son called William, born before her marriage, who is listed on census returns and his death record with the surname Goodwin: his true relationship to Jeremiah is unknown.  In addition to William, the couple had eight children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


William Hadley (Goodwin)

John Andrew Goodwin

Mary Elizabeth Goodwin

Alice Goodwin

Theodore Goodwin

Albert Goodwin

Lily Goodwin

May Goodwin

Alfred George Goodwin

(1878-1894)

(1880-1918)

(1882-1950)

(1884-?)

(1887-1941)

(1890-1952)

(1893-?)

(1895-?)

(1897-1920)


m. Emily Reed, 1915

m. George Robert Watkiss, 1905


m. Mary Sophia Phillips, 1915

m. Amy Elizabeth Hamlet, 1910 


m. William Edward Blackwell, 1919

Theodore Goodwin (b. 1887) served in the South Staffordshire and Worcestershire Regiments during WW1.

 

Jeremiah died in Wolverhampton aged 41, and was buried in Merridale Cemetery on 15 March 1903.

 

 

Ann Maria Goodwin, daughter of John Ambrose Goodwin and Maria Johnson, was born in Wolverhampton in 1861, and married Charles Carter, a key maker, at St Mark's Church, Wolverhampton on 6 August 1881.  Charles was born in Wolverhampton in 1862, and was the son of Charles Carter and his wife Elizabeth Creswell. 

 

Ann had a son before her marriage who was registered in her maiden name of Goodwin, although he appears on the 1891 census as Carter.  (He reverted to the surname Goodwin when he married.)  After their marriage, Ann and Charles had eleven more children, all born in Wolverhampton:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.


Matthew Houghton Goodwin

Mary Ann Carter

Amy Elizabeth Carter

John Carter

Charles Carter

Phyllis Carter

George Henry Carter

May Maria Carter

Rose Esther Carter

Arthur Henry Carter

Ada Eliza Carter

Alfred Carter

(1879-1945)

(1881-?)

(1883-1957)

(1886-1934)

(1888-1925)

(1890-1968)

(1892-1957)

(1894-1980)

(1896-1965)

(1897-1947)

(1899-1955)

(1901-1971)

m. Eliza Davies, 1901

m. Alfred Wilkes, 1901

m. George Edward Finch, 1905

m. Ellen Duffield, 1906


m. Douglas Tolley, 1915

m. Florence M Gibbons, 1913

m. Albert Hayward, 1914

m. Frederick Horace Evans, 1912

m. Lillian F Rothen, 1926

m. Walter Dickens, 1920

Ann died in Wolverhampton on 18 August 1923, and Charles on 15 October 1933: both are buried in Merridale Cemetery.

 

 

Emily Goodwin, youngest daughter of John Ambrose Goodwin and Maria Johnson, was born in Wolverhampton in 1863, but her mother died just after her birth, and she was brought up in Bridgnorth by her maternal grandmother Sarah Johnson.  Emily married William Rudd in Bridgnorth in 1882, and the couple had seven children, all born in Bridgnorth:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


William James Rudd

Philip Henry Rudd

Alfred Charles Rudd

Violet Emily Rudd

Albert Ernest Rudd

Harold Sidney Rudd

Leonard Stanley Rudd

(1883-1907)

(1885-1916)

(1888-1906)

(1891-1947)

(1894-1915)

(1897-1950)

(1899-1953)


m. Agnes Annie Lawley, 1913


m. William Davis, 1927


m. Florence E Reason, 1922

m. Martha Gertrude Birch, 1923

Albert Ernest Rudd served in the 4th Battalion (Territorial Force) of the Shropshire Light Infantry.  At the outbreak of WW1, the battalion was sent to Hong Kong, Singapore and Rangoon on imperial garrison duty, and Albert died in Rangoon on 7 February 1915.

 

 

William Henry Goodwin, older son of Edward Goodwin and Betsy Thorpe, was born in Leicester in 1853, and joined the Royal Navy, where he is recorded as a "Boy 1st Class" on board the Rattlesnake in 1871 and as a signalman on the Minotaur in 1881.  He married Augusta Susannah Thompson in Portsmouth in 1878, and had two children, both born in Portsmouth:

 

1.

2.


Edith Faith L Goodwin

William Edward Goodwin

(1879-1945)

(1881-?)


By 1891, William had left the Navy and returned to Leicester, where he worked as a warehouseman until his death in 1902.  Augusta died in Leicester in 1932.

 

 

George Albert Goodwin, younger son of Edward Goodwin and Betsy Thorpe, was born in Leicester in 1864, and became a lithographic printer.  He married Florence Gertrude Lewitt (daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Lewitt) in Leicester in 1888, and the couple had two children:

 

1.

2.


Arnold Frederick Goodwin

Olive Goodwin

(1889-?)

(1897-?)


George later became a commercial traveller, and in 1911 the family was living in Enfield.

 


John James Goodwin, oldest child of James Johnson Goodwin and Emma Fenn, was born in Wolverhampton in 1865, and worked as a labourer before enlisting in the Worcestershire Regiment on 9 August 1886.  He married Ada John in Pembroke in 1890, and she must have followed him on some of his army postings, as their older daughter was born in Curragh Camp, Kildare.  The Worcestershires left Curragh Camp in 1894, and John was in South Africa between 1900 and 1902, when he was discharged as "time served".  He reeinlisted in the Army Reserve between 1903 and 1907, but by 1911 was working as a greengrocer back home in Wolverhampton.

 

John and Ada had two daughters:

 

1.

2.


Isabel Mary Goodwin

Margaret Ann Goodwin

(1892-1985)

(1894-?)

m. James Parrish, 1927

m. Frederick Stokes, 1916

Ada died in Wolverhampton in 1939.

 


Enoch Goodwin, second child of James Johnson Goodwin and Emma Fenn, was born in Wolverhampton on 12 November 1866, and married Sarah Evans there in 1891.  Sarah was born in Wolverhampton in 1871, and was the daughter of Samuel and Ann Evans.  They had eight children, all born in Wolverhampton:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Gertrude Goodwin

Evelyn Goodwin

Enoch James Goodwin

John Thomas Goodwin

William Goodwin

Frederick Goodwin

Emma Goodwin

James Goodwin

(1891-1893)

(1892-?)

(1894-1930)

(1895-?)

(1897-1992)

(1899-1900)

(1900-1901)

(1900-1901)


m. George Challinor, 1921

m. Ethel Rose Hayward, 1927

m. Violet Sparrow, 1916

m. Gertrude Plant, 1921

Four of the children died in infancy, and are buried in Merridale Cemetery.

 

 

William Goodwin, son of James Johnson Goodwin and Emma Fenn, was born in Wolverhampton in 1871, and married Sarah Hannah Wootton there on 19 May 1900.  Sarah was born in Wolverhampton in 1874, and was the daughter of Moses Wootton and his wife, Sarah Warren.  William and Sarah had six children, all born in Wolverhampton:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


William James Goodwin

Ethel Violet Goodwin

Herbert Goodwin

Ivy Goodwin

John Enoch William Goodwin

Ida May Goodwin

(1900-1901)

(1902-1968)

(1904-1986)

(1906-?)

(1909-?)

(1911-1996)






m. Albert F W Lockhart, 1949

 

Samuel Goodwin, the youngest child of James Johnson Goodwin and Emma Fenn to survive infancy, was born in Wolverhampton on 5 October 1888, and worked as a turner in the cycle trade.  He married Mary Elizabeth Baker there in St John's Church on Christmas Day 1911, but they were already living as man and wife with their first child when the census was taken earlier in the year. 

 

Samuel and Mary had nine children, all born in Wolverhampton;:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


Thomas Frederick Goodwin

Joseph Goodwin

Elsie May Goodwin

Algernon Goodwin

Samuel Goodwin

Henry Goodwin

Jessie Goodwin

Hilda Evelyn Goodwin

Marjorie Goodwin

(1909-1984)

(1913-?)

(1915-2003)

(1918-1918)

(1919-1999)

(1921-1998)

(1924-2002)

(1926-1999)

(1929-?)

m. Elsie A Burgess, 1942


m. George W Jackson, 1940


m. Lilian Richardson, 1959

m. Ida Watkins, 1944

m. Geoffrey B Jones, 1951

m. Horace Charles Batkin, 1946

m. Roland Hicks, 1952

Mary died in Wolverhampton in 1956 and Samuel in 1959.

 

 

Maria Goodwin, oldest child of John Ambrose Goodwin and Sarah Ann Smith, was born in Wolverhampton in 1871, and moved to Manchester with her family as a child.  She married Josiah Hackett, a warehouseman, in St Catharine's Church, Manchester on 16 July1892.  Josiah was born in Manchester in 1864, and was the son of Thomas Hackett and his wife, Maria Turner.  He had previously been married to Emily Dawson, but she died after just two years of marriage, and there were no children from their union.

 

Maria and Josiah had three children, all born in Manchester:

 

1.

2.

3.


John Hackett

Alfred Hackett

Emily Louisa Hackett

(1894-?)

(1897-1973)

(1902-?)


Josiah died in Manchester in 1908 and Maria in 1918.

 

 

John Ambrose Goodwin, oldest son of John Ambrose Goodwin and Sarah Ann Smith, was born in Wolverhampton on 3 December 1872, and moved to Manchester with his family as a young child.  He was an iron moulder, and married Margaret Ann Archer in St Catherine's Church, Manchester in 1897.  Margaret was born in Salford in 1876, and was the daughter of William Archer and his wife, Eliza Jane Down.  She was a widow when she married John, and was previously married to James Arthur Willett, who died in 1895, just a year after their marriage.

 

John and Margaret had eleven children, all born in Manchester:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.


Sarah Ann Goodwin

Eliza Goodwin

John Ambrose Goodwin

Sarah Ann Goodwin

Albert Edward Goodwin

Samuel Goodwin

William Archer Goodwin

Alfred G Goodwin

Emily Goodwin

Hilda Goodwin

Walter Goodwin

(1897-1899)

(1898-1949)

(1902-1959)

(1903-1960)

(1905-1972)

(1908-1966)

(1910-1999)

(1913-1942)

(1915-1919)

(1917-?)

(1918-1919)


m. Alfred Oldham, 1919

m. Annie Hardy, 1936

m. John Edward Marples, 1922


m. Mary Kavanagh, 1934


John died in Manchester and was buried in Southern Cemetery on 12 March 1927.

 

 

Louisa Goodwin, daughter of John Ambrose Goodwin and Sarah Ann Smith, was the first of their children to be born in Manchester.  She was born on 4 February 1877, and married Robert John Denham in St Catharine's Church, Manchester on 6 November 1897.  Robert was born in Manchester in 1875, and was the son of Job Denham and his wife, Annette Crawford.  Louisa and Robert had seven children, all born in Manchester:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Job Denham

Robert Denham

John Denham

Joseph Colenso Denham

Baron Joseph Denham

Annetta Denham

Arthur Denham

(1898-1898)

(1899-1977)

(1900-?)

(1901-1902)

(1903-1903)

(1904-1962)

(1914-1980)


m. Elizabeth Barber, 1921




m. William Norris, 1932

m. Louisa E Kendall, 1939

 

 

Sarah Ann Goodwin, daughter of John Ambrose Goodwin and Sarah Ann Smith, was born in Manchester on 20 December 1878 and worked as a shirt machinist as a young woman.  She married Harry Berry, a widower, in St Mary's Church, Prestwich on 26 December 1916 and had one daughter:

 

1.


Ellen Berry


(1919-?)


Sarah died in Manchester in 1946.

 

 

Thomas Ambrose Goodwin, son of John Ambrose Goodwin and Sarah Ann Smith, was born in Manchester on 11 November 1880, and married Mary Ann White in St Matthew's Church, Ardwick on 8 September 1902.  Thomas was an iron moulder, and the couple had seven children, all born in Manchester:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Sarah Ann Goodwin

Thomas Ambrose Goodwin

John Ambrose Goodwin

Lottie Goodwin

Frederick Goodwin

Charles Goodwin

James Goodwin

(1902-?)

(1905-1970)

(1906-1907)

(1909-1996)

(1912-1982)

(1914-1983)

(1920-1983)


Thomas died in Manchester and was buried in Southern Cemetery on 17 November 1934.  Mary lived to the age of 81 and died in Manchester in 1966.

 

 

Emily Goodwin, daughter of John Ambrose Goodwin and Sarah Ann Smith, was born in Manchester on 29 January 1884, and worked as a shop assistant as a young woman.  She married Edward Cooper in St Mary's Church, Prestwich on 6 September 1913 and had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Emily Cooper

Alice Cooper

Betty Cooper

Reginald Cooper


(1914-?)

(1916-?)

(1920-?)

(1922-?)



Emily died in Manchester in 1955.

 

 

John Andrew Goodwin, son of Jeremiah Ambrose Goodwin and Elizabeth Rebecca Hadley, was born in Wolverhampton in 1880 and worked as a tool grinder.  He married Emily Reed in Christ Church, Wolverhampton on 4 January 1915, although they had already been living as man and wife for several years by then.  Emily's first child was registered in her maiden name, but is recorded with the surname Goodwin on the 1911 census, and a further three children were registered as Goodwin:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Florrie Reed (Goodwin)

Alice Goodwin

Philip J Goodwin

Alfred Goodwin


(1904-?)

(1911-1911)

(1912-1915)

(1915-1975)


John served in the Lincolnshire Regiment and the Labour Corps during WW1, and died of wounds in Flanders on 3 June 1916.  He is buried in Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Hazebrouck,.  (He is recorded in "Soldiers Died in the Great War" as John Ambrose Goodwin.)

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Goodwin, daughter of Jeremiah Ambrose Goodwin and Elizabeth Rebecca Hadley, was born in Wolverhampton in 1882, and married George Robert Watkiss there in 1905.  George was born in Wolverhampton in 1882, and was the son of Edward Watkiss, a coal merchant, and his wife Martha Lloyd.  Mary and George had seven children, all born in Wolverhampton:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Harriet Fanny Watkiss

Violet May Watkiss

Albert Watkiss

Alfred William Watkiss

George R Watkiss

Louisa Watkiss

Edward Watkiss

(1909-1985)

(1912-1996)

(1914-1963)

(1920-1984)

(1923-1924)

(1924-?)

(1927-1996)

m. John Baggott, 1937

m. Reginald Crockett, 1936

m. Alice E M Evans, 1941

m. Violet May Foden, 1948



m. Brenda Brindley, 1953

George died in Wolverhampton in 1935, and Mary in 1950.

 

 

Theodore Goodwin, son of Jeremiah Ambrose Goodwin and Elizabeth Rebecca Hadley, was born in Wolverhampton in 1887, and married Mary Sophia Phillips there in 1915.  They had one known son who sadly lived less than two weeks:

 

1.


Theodore William Goodwin

(1919-1919)


Mary died in Wolverhampton in 1928, aged just 33.

 

 

May Goodwin, daughter of Jeremiah Ambrose Goodwin and Elizabeth Rebecca Hadley, was born in Wolverhampton in 1895 and married William Edward Blackwell there in 1919.  The couple had six children, all born in Wolverhampton:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


Horace William Blackwell

George Blackwell

Dorothy May Blackwell

Girl Blackwell

Hilda Mavis Blackwell

Victor Ronald Blackwell

(1920-1986)

(1923-?)

(1925-1987)

(1927-1927)

(1929-1990)

(1933-1995)

m. Irene J Pass, 1947


m. John E Meddings, 1952


m. Harold Buet, 1957

m. Pauline B Cotterill, 1959

 

 

Matthew Houghton Goodwin, oldest child of Ann Maria Goodwin, was born in Wolverhampton in 1879, and apparently lived with his aunt Mary Ann Goodwin and her husband Samuel Gregory until his mother married Charles Carter and was able to provide a home for him.  He married Eliza Davies in Wolverhampton in 1901, and the couple lived with Eliza's parents, George and Ellen. 

 

They had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Ellen Maria Goodwin

Horace Goodwin

Leah May Goodwin

George Frederick Goodwin

(1902-?)

(1907-1971)

(1912-1997)

(1916-1992)



m. Jack Hayward, 1935

Matthew died in Wolverhampton in 1945.

 

 

Amy Elizabeth Carter, oldest daughter of Charles Carter and Ann Maria Goodwin, was born in Wolverhampton in 1883, and married George Edward Finch there in 1905.  George was born in Wolverhampton in 1881, and was the son of Felix Finch, a coachman, and his wife Elizabeth Day. 

 

George and Elizabeth had four sons, all born in Wolverhampton:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


George Edward Finch

William Charles Finch

Frederick Theodore Finch

Henry Albert Finch


(1906-?)

(1909-1997)

(1912-1974)

(1917-1974)

m. Doris Barker, 1934

m. Hilda M Jones, 1934

Amy died in Wolverhampton in 1957, and George in 1964.

 

 

John Carter, son of Charles Carter and Ann Maria Goodwin, was born in Wolverhampton in 1886, and worked as a brass caster.  He married Ellen Duffield in Wolverhampton in 1906, and had nine children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


John Carter

Ellen Carter

Thomas C Carter

May E Carter

William Albert Carter

Joseph Ernest Carter

Arthur Carter

Florence Carter

Alfred George Carter

(1906-1972)

(1909-?)

(1911-?)

(1914-?)

(1916-1988)

(1919-1991)

(1921-1923)

(1923-?)

(1926-1994)


 

 

Phyllis Carter, daughter of Charles Carter and Ann Maria Goodwin, was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, and married Douglas Tolley there in 1915.  Douglas was born in Walsall in 1885, and was the son of Samuel Charles Tolley and his wife Mary Anne.  As a young man he worked as a tool maker, before enlisting in the Worcester Regiment in 1907, and serving in India and Burma, but his hearing worsened to the point of near-total deafness, and he was given a medical discharge in May 1915.

 

Douglas and Phyllis had three children, one of whom died in infancy:

 

1.

2.

3.


Douglas Charles Tolley

Phyllis Tolley

(possibly living)

(1916-1982)

(1919-1919)

m. Dora Elizabeth Higgins, 1939

Douglas died in Wolverhampton in 1949 and Phyllis in 1968.

 

 

Ernest Richard Goodwin, youngest child of Thomas Goodwin and Emma Farlow, was born in Sedgley in 1870, and married Sarah Ann Lester there in 1892.  Sarah was born in Sedgley in 1871, and was the daughter of George and Julia Lester.  The couple had one daughter:

 

1.

 

Hilda Goodwin

(1903-?)


Ernest died in Sedgley in 1951.

 

 



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