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Christopher Columbus Goodman
Soldier, Adiam fighter, armer, Iss-1661
Edited by FRANCES JANE LEATHERS
C HRISTOPHER COLUMBUS GOODMAN, THE SON OF RICHARD
Goodman, a boss carpenter of Irish descent, was born
in New York on May 4, 1818. His mother died when
he and James, his older brother, were quite young, and the only
mother he ever knew was Ann Goodman, his father's second wife.
When Columbus was about eight years old, he went to live with
a family in Bedford, New York. There he remained for the next
seven years before going to New York City to shift for himself. His
brother, meanwhile, at the age of ten went to stay with Oliver
Tuthill in Suffolk County, New York, where James lived as a
member of the family until he was twenty-one.
For the next twenty-eight years the two brothers corresponded
almost regularly. The letters which Columbus wrote were care-
fully stored away in a tin box for safe keeping. In 188o, James
Goodman's 163-year-old home was torn down and replaced with
a new one. The letters were put in an outbuilding. In 1916, that
house burned to the ground, but the letters, along with other
things, were saved by the "bucket brigade." In 1954, the farm was
sold, and the grandson of James Goodman-Leon, named for
Leon County, Texas-took the letters to his daughter-Leonette,
Mrs. H. Chester Thacher. She has preserved the letters and has
contributed much time to documenting the history of the Good-
Excerpts from these letters depict the daily life of a settler in
Texas during the years of the republic and early statehood. Minor
corrections have been made to facilitate reading.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117144/. Accessed February 1, 2015.