History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 449
HISTORY OF TEXAS.
ated. He came of old American stock, being
a son of William W. Goodwin, aa early settler
of Georgia who moved into the " Empire
State of the South" in Indian times and
helped to fell the forests and lay the foundation
of that great commonwealth.
The second wife of Thelston A. Goodwin
bore the maiden name of Mary Elizabeth
Avriett, and she was born in Alabama, February
8, 1828. They were married in Talladega
county, Alabama, December 24, 1844,
and were the parents of six children, two of
whom died in infancy, the remainder reaching
maturity and one dying since. The eldest,
Roxana, was married to Hol. J. M. McKinney
and died, in Milam county, in 1874;
the second, William W., is a farmer living in
Lamar county, this State; the next, Benjamin
A., is the subject of this notice; and the
youngest, Sarah, is the widow of E. A. Ford
and lives in Milam county. The mother died
June 17, 1856, in Talladega county, Alabama.
Benjamin A. Goodwin was born in Talladega
county, Alabama, January 7, 1850, and
was reared in Alabama, Arkansas and Texas,
being a lad of fourteen when his parents
moved to this State. His early years were
marked only by such experiences as fall to the
lot of the average farm boy. Of education
he got but little, a few months attendance at
the schools and one term at Port Sullivan
Academy and a term at Salado, Bell county,
being all of the advantages of this nature
which he enjoyed. Having been brought up
on the farm he naturally took to farming pursuits,
and when the time arrived for him to
step out and meet the current of life for himself
he married and settled on a farm now occupied
by his brother-in-law, Hon. J.i. McKinney,
on Jones prairie, this county, where
he entered actively and energetically on the
business of his life. In 1878 he purchased
143 acres of his present place, to which he
moved the following year and has since continued
zealously in the prosecution of his interests.
His success is probably best attested
by the simple statement that he now owns
1,200 acres of splendid black land lying in
one of the richest agricultural sections of the
county, which when it came into his possession
was practically unimproved, but all of
which is now under fence and a reasonable
portion of it under plow. About 1885, in
addition to farming, Mr. Goodwin began to
feed beef cattle, a nd each year since he has
turned out regularly for the market from 250
to 500 head. Liberal, active, earnest and
intelligent, Mr. Goodwin pursues his own
business successfully, and on all proper occasions
lends his support to all enterprises
looking to the welfare of the community in
which he resides.
He is a Democrat "lin whom there is
neither variableness nor shadow of turning,"
and has been frequently importuned to run
for office, but has never offered himself for
any public position. He has been a Mason
since he was twenty-two years old, zealous in
the support of the principles of that order and
especially in its broad and benevolent purposes.
January 10, 1872, Mr. Goodwin married
Miss Amanda Oliver, a daughter of James D.
and Ava Oliver, who were natives of North
Carolina. The father was born December
20, 1817, and the mother, whose maiden
name was Ava Page, September 28, 1825.
The parents were married April 1, 1851, in
their native State by the Rev. William
Ayres. They moved to Texas and settled in
Hopkins county in the early '50s, where the
mother died March 15, 1857. The father
died in June, 1862, in the Confederate serv
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