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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
engineer; Abigail, Nick Whitney, Maria, Mary,
Alice, Levi, and Thomas E.
The family name of Goodrich, formerly Goodric
or Godric, is Saxon, and some members of the
family, particularly S. G. Goodrich, known to the
children of the last generation as Peter Parley and
to all lovers of good literature as the author of the
inimitable "Recollections of A Life Time," have
inerested themselves in tracing the history of the
family. Briefly stated it is as follows: Three
brothers of the name left England in Cromwell's
time and came to the American colonies, where they
settled, one in New England, one in Virginia, and
one in South Carolina. Their decendants are
numerous and widely scattered. Like many of the
families that found homes in New England at that
period, the Goodrich family were not Puritans and
unlike many families that came to this country then,
they did not return to England after the restoration
On the bench Judge Goodrich is very careful
and painstaking in the trial of causes, and is
an able lawyer; his rulings are very seldom reversed.
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JOHN H. TRAYLOR,
John Henry Traylor was born at Traylorsville,
Henry County, Va., March 27, 1839. His ancestors
were of French Huguenot extraction, and the first
of the name in the Colony of Virginia of which the
records make mention, was William Traylor, who
was called a " planter" and was licensed to wed in
Henrico County, December, 1695. Peter Jones,
from whom Petersburg, Va., derived its name, was
surety on his marriage bond. He had a grant of
about 3,000 acres of land from the Crown, situated
just opposite to the present site of the city of Petersburg,
on the north side of the Appomatox river, in
that part of Henrico, which is now Chesterfield
County. His grandson, Humphrey Traylor, was
the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch,
and was an active participant in the Revolutionary
War, and died in Diniwiddie County, Va., in 1802.
The grandfather of John H. Traylor was Rev.
John C. Traylor, who was born in Henrico County,
Va., in 1788. He was licensed an elder in the M.
E. Church by Bishop McKendre, at Lynchburg,
Va., in 1815; he led an exemplary and useful life,
dying in Troup County, Ga., in 1856.
The father of John H. Traylor was Robert B.
Traylor, who was a Southern planter, and took an
active interest in all public and political questions.
was a member of the Georgia Legislature at seventyfive
years of age, and died in Troup County, Ga.,
Jno. H. Traylor was reared and educated in
Troup County, Ga., where the family is prominent
nia. He enlisted in Company B., Fourth
Georgia Regiment, in 1861, and served during the
entire war in the army of Northern Virginia, and
was in all the prominent battles in Virginia, Maryland
and Pennsylvania. He was wounded at the
battles of Warrenton, Spottsylvania Court House
and Chancellorsville. He was wounded in the latter
battle, and his only brother killed, on Saturday
evening, May 2, 1863, near the same time and place
where Stonewall Jackson received his death-wound.
He was with Jackson during the entire day, in the
capacity of sharpshooter and scout, and was in a
few yards of him when he was shot. Later on he
was appointed Quartermaster of the ordnance of
of Gen. Early's corps. He came to Texas in 1867,
and located at Jefferson, where he followed merchandising.
He was married to Miss Pauline
Lockett in 1969, and removed to Granbury, in Hood
County, in 1871, where he engaged in selling and
locating lands till 1875. He surveyed many thousand
acres in Hood, Parker, Palo Pinto and more
western counties, often coming in dangerous proximity
to the Comanche and Kiowa Indians, who
visited these frontier counties monthly in quest of
horses, which were disposed of at Fort Sill, and
more northern frontier posts. These savages
usually made their raids in the light of the moon,
and their monthly visits were not considered doubtful;
hence, the surveyors took the precaution to
have early supper and remove a mile or so from
their camp-fire, and lariat their horses, and sleep
in some retired spot, every one being at all times
armed. Mr. Traylor was elected Sheriff and Tax
Collector of Hood County, February, 1876, under the
new Constitution and re-elected in November, 1878.
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