Monday, July 10, 2023

The Little I Know About Goodwin

When it came to the sons of William Solomon II and wife Deanna Gordon Solomon, the one I know most about was Bennett, who was my direct ancestor.

That makes sense, of course, but to make sense of the brothers who left Franklin County, NC to go west and preach the gospel of the Lord Baptist style, I've been placing together their families and now the only one left is Goodwin. 

Goodwin is a good mystery. He didn't leave a will, we don't have a marriage document for him, but he appears to have possibly married twice, the last time to a younger woman. While William, Jordan and the widow of Bennett, his brothers, all kept on to Tennessee, Goodwin remained right here in Montgomery County, the part that became Stanly, for the remainder of his life. 

Luke Solomon was said to have been the oldest son of William and Deanna, but Goodwin must have been a close second, as he starts showing up in documents in Franklin County NC, very early on.

On January 13, 1791, ( No. 1061 p 124 Franklin County) , James Huckaby of Franklin County NC sold to Seph Williams of Wilkes County, Georgia two tracts of land, one being a 153 tract that joined the property of William Goodwin, Micajah Davis, Isaac Gordon, Goodwin's Uncle, and Goodwin Solomon, himself. The tract had been granted to William Russell and the witnesses were Bennett Hill and W. B. Hill. The Huckaby's, Russells and Hills were families intermarried or interwoven with the Solomons. I also wonder if there was a distant Goodwin ancestor as well. 

There's another interesting deed in Franklin County that predates this one but doesn't involve Goodwin that may have come into play. 
Deed Book 5, P 85, No. 429 John Edwards of Montgomery County NC, sold to William Solomon Jr (Goodwin's father), a 200 acre tract of land that he was already living on. This was dated July 24, 1782. I leads me to believe that John Edwards may have had something to do with the Solomon Brothers choosing Montgomery County.

On October 19, 1796, Goodwin Solomon was the bondsman for the marriage of Joseph Milton and Abigail Bass. Green Hill was the witness. I wonder why
 Goodwin stood bond, he was neither older nor wealthy at this stage of life. But he was married, from what it appears to be in the 1790 census.

NameGoodwin Solomon
Home in 1790 (City, County, State)Franklin, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over1 Goodwin
Free White Persons - Males - Under 163 Three sons?
Free White Persons - Females3 Wife and two daughters ?
Number of Household Members7

Could Goodwin have been related to the Milton/Melton family, who also moved to Montgomery County? Perhaps a brother-in-law?

In 1804, Goodwin was in a list of purchasers, along with his father, of things in the estate sale of Thomas Wynne.
Also in 1804, Goodwin and his father are also seen as purchasers in the estate sale of their neighbor, Micajah Davis. No sign of Luke. I wonder if Old Josiah had been wrong, and that Goodwin was the oldest, as he was elderly when he wrote the letter and just a small child when his Uncles left Franklin.
Goodwin had long left Franklin when his father's Will was read in 1814, but he's mentioned within.
At the division of slaves, Goodwin drew Anaky, although I don't know if he ever returned to retrieve her.

The 1800 census shows Goodwin living in Louisburg, Franklin County, NC. Franklin borders Virginia. I also believe that Goodwin lived in Virginia at some point, between 1790 and 1800. I am looking for proof of that.

NameGoodwin Solomon
Home in 1800 (City, County, State)Louisburg, Franklin, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 102
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 251
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 441
Free White Persons - Females - Under 101
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 441
Number of Household Members Under 163
Number of Household Members Over 252
Number of Household Members6

In this one, Goodwin appears to have a wife and 4 children.
Goodwin was in Franklin County in 1804 and in Montgomery County in 1805. In 1806, there is a suit against an Arthur Harris and William Boyd, filed in the Salisbury, Rowan County courts.

It's going to take some time to discover more about this suit.

In 1805, Goodwin Solomon was living in Montgomery County, North Carolina near George Crowell, John Howell and Samuel Kindall per a deed sold to George Crowell by Joseph Parsons of 200 acres on Cloverfork Creek off of Long Creek on the Southwest side of the Yadkin River. Warrant 6266 began at a white oak on Edward Moor's line, joined Drake Horn and bordered the properties of Goodwin Solomon and the others mentioned. 

Warrant 6721 issued December 11, 1809 was from Will Stone to Bennett Solomon, Goodwins' brother and consisted of 100 acres joining Samuel Carter and Bennett's own lines 'where Gooding (Goodwin) Solomon lives......begins at a poplar in Goodwin Sollomon's line. It joined George Crowell, and was near Samuel Carter. Samuel Carter and John Bruster were chain carriers and these two names were crucial in linking certain of the Solomons together.

NameGoodwin Soloman
Residence Date6 Aug 1810
Residence PlaceCaptain Kirks, Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Free White Persons - Males - Under 101
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 151
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 441
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 151
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 251
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 441
Number of Household Members Under 163
Number of Household Members Over 252
Number of Household Members6

Goodwin Solomon was in the 1810 census for Montgomery County, North Carolina. It appears Goodwin was between 26 and 44 and had a wife of the same age group. There was perhaps a daughter between 16 and 25, another daughter between 10 and 15, a son between 10 and 15 and one under 10. By this time, some of the older children were probably grown and on their own. 

NameGordwin Soloman
Home in 1830 (City, County, State)Montgomery, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 52
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 91
Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 691 Goodwin
Free White Persons - Females - Under 52
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 291
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 231 Anaky? 
Free White Persons - Under 205
Free White Persons - 20 thru 491
Total Free White Persons7
Total Slaves1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored)8

There was no 1820 census for Montgomery County, NC. They probably had one, but it was lost in time, probably in one of the many courthouse fires or some other manner. There was one in 1830, however, and Goodwin was still alive and still in Montgomery County, NC.

Goodwin is shown as a man in his 60's, however the adult female in the home is now in her 20's and there are three little boys under 9 and two little girls under 5. It appears as if he lost his first wife, and remarried one much younger, which wasn't unheard of, and started a new, young family. 

 Listed near Goodwin is Allen Stoker, and Eldridge Parker (Bennett Jr's wife, Nora Elizabeth Parker was supposedly the daughter of an Eldridge Parker), John Bullen (one of his brother Bennett's daughters married a Bullen), Jarrett Carter, Labon Carter and William Solomon (son of Bennett, who had passed away by this time).

Goodwin doesn't make it to the 1840 census. He was an old man by then. What happened to his wife and his children, however?  My theory is that some went to Tennesee, but later, after their cousins, and others remained in the area. I refer to them as "The Lost Solomons". 
I believe Bennett Solomon Jr. born in 1797, was the son of Goodwin. Bennett had a son named Bennett already, one younger than Jr., one whose children's names reflected their McGregor heritage. Another was Henry, who was also in Montgomery County after Ava and her younger children had left. Some folks also link Goodwin Solomon Jr. who moved to Grainger County, Tennessee as a son of Goodwin. I will look at all of them. 

To be continued.

Fountain Piece

Odd names intrique me. In the sea of John and James and Mary's, it's a tickle and a comfort to see a Zephinah Cucumber or a Northwinn Polycarp. Why couldn't Tennesee Berrymaster or Euphrasia Coppledick have been my ancestors?  

Recently, while researching a family of Solomons who had migrated to Texas, I came across this family grouping:

From the 1870 census of Cherokee County, Texas, this shows 72 year old William Solmon, with 26 year old Robert D. Solmon, both farmers, Roberts wife, Mahaza, and their two small children, Paralee and David. Just above William is Thomas J. Solomon, 36, his wife, Catherine, 25 and 6 children, all his, but not all hers, and a 14 year old boarder. Below William is James M. Solomon, 36, his wife Amanda, 27, and their two young children.

Looking a little closer, I noticed that William Solomon had a 19 year old young man from Tennesee, employed by him, "working on farm", by the name of Fountain Piece. What kind of a name was Fountain Piece?

Couriousity killed the cat. Needing a break from the Solomons, I just had to know, who was Fountain Piece and what was his connection to the Solomons?

The first thing I discovered was that his name was not Fountain "Piece", but Fountain "Price".  Fountain Becom Price to be exact, and he was just a young man with an interesting name. His family's story is typically American and typical of the populating of the country from east to west.

It begins in West Virginia with a very 'frontiersman' looking character named Jacob W. Price. The "Preis" family were Germans out of New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who had first migrated into Frederick County, Virginia. The first, Peter Preis, would marry a "Frey" or "Freyin". His son, George Peter, would anglicize his name to "Price" and marry another ethnically German girl named Catharina Krebs.

George Peter and Catharina would have a son named George, just George, born around 1786, after which the family would removed to Maryland. George would grow up in Hagerstown, Maryland and in 1815, would marry a lady there named Catherine, daughter of  George Michael Hout and Christiana Strider. She was the widow of a John Humeldorf, so therefore, Catherine Hout Humeldorg.

Now, I've been looking for the surname of 'Foutain' and there were some, particularly in Virginia. Instead, I've been encountering all these "Pennsylvania Dutch", in my trailer of Fountains family.

George and Catherine H. H. Price would remove to Berkeley County, West Virginia, and they were the parents of the rustic looking Jacob, shown above, born in 1823.

On July 19, 1845, Jacob would marry Emeline Huntsburg in Berkeley County, which at the time, was just Virginia.

Now the father of Evaline Emaline Etta Huntsburg is unknown. 

However, in the 1850 census, we see Jacob and Evaline living next to his parents, George and Catherine Price and siblings, Michael and Christena. The young couple has a 4 year old son with the impressive name of George Isaac Newton Price and a 7 month old son named Jacob H., for Henry. Also living with them is a 72 year old woman named Barbara. She is probably the mother, or even grandmother, of Evaline, as she is not related to Jacob, and I would bet there might be a surname of Fountain, somewhere in her family tree, as she was born in Virginia.

Evalina would have been pregnant at the time of this record, despite having a 7 month old son. Cue Harpers Ferry. 

Harper's Ferry, West Virginia is a beautiful place with a significant history. It is also the place where Fountain B. Price was born on May 30, 1850. It was an event that would lead to the death of his mother, Evalina Emaline Huntsburg Price. 

Harpers Ferry was a very progressive and eventful place in the 1850's when the Price's ranked among the citizenry. Manufacturing innovations and operations were expanding there. The first successful American Railroad had been established in Harpers Ferry. It was also a volatile time, and the home of reknowned abolutionist John Brown. 

NameJacob Price
Birth Yearabt 1823
Birth PlaceVirginia
Home in 1860Meramec, Crawford, Missouri
Post OfficeSteelville
Dwelling Number137
Family Number137
Personal Estate Value165
Inferred SpouseWinney Price
Household members
Jacob Price37
Winney Price29
G I A R Price14
J H Price11
F B Price9
S L Price2

Jacob Price would not remain in Harper's Ferry with his young sons. He would find a second wife, named Winny, to help his raise his children, and would relocate, as many would, to Missouri. 

The 1860 census would find the young family in Merramic, Steeleville Township, Crawford County, Missouri and his first daughter and first child with Winny, had been born, a girl they named Sarah.

 Jacob was working as a carpenter in that tumultous state. Missouri was a hotbed of destruction and chaos during the 1860's and Jacob Price wisely led his family out of there as soon as possible and making his way across the Mississippi and south to Texas. 

NameJacob Price
Registry Date4 Sep 1867
Line Number1196
Archive Collection Title1867 Voter Registration Lists
Archive Reel Number2

He was in Brazoria, Texas by 1867. Jacob seemed to be a man specifically formed just for Texas. 

NameJacob Price
Age in 187047
Birth Dateabt 1823
Dwelling Number392
Home in 1870Etna Beat 3, Smith, Texas
Post OfficeEtna
Male Citizen Over 21Yes
Personal Estate Value100
Real Estate Value240
Inferred SpouseWinnie Price

Household members
Jacob Price47
Winnie Price35
Sarah Price12
Henrietta Price10
James Price5
Catherine Price2
Jacob Price

1870 finds the family in Etna, Smith County, Texas. Etna is now considered a ghost town.

Jacob Henry was the only one of Jacob Sr.'s three sons by his first marriage still living with him. Oldest son, George Isaac Newton Price had served in the Civil War and survived with agrivating, if not debilitating injuries. He started a family and had the wanderllust, like his father,  moving them all over Texas before he passed away in 1932 in Austin.

This was the year Fountain is found working as a farm hand for Mr. William Solomon. Two years after he is seen working for the Solomons, Fountain falls in love. On August 14, 1872, at the age of 22, he marries Miss Nannie Talley. 

NameNancy Sally
Birth Yearabt 1853
Birth PlaceAlabama
Home in 1860Tyler, Smith, Texas
Post OfficeTyler
Dwelling Number1314
Family Number1314
Attended SchoolY
Household members
David A Nelson27
Jane Nelson21
Mary Sally13
Nancy Sally7
James Nelson2
Josephus Nelson1/12

The Talley's were an Alabama family. Nancy Ann "Nannie" Talley's father died when she was very small, leaving her mother, Josephine, a young widow with two little daughters, Nannie and her sister, Mary. Josephine remarried a man named David A.  Nelson and they had moved to Tyler, Texas by 1860.

The home may not have been a pleasant one. Nancy's older sister, Mary, married a man named Henry Hinson (shown as Hynson) and Nancy went to live with them as a teenager, as is seen in 1870, still in Tyler, Texas.

NameNancy Tally
Age in 187016
Birth Dateabt 1854
Dwelling Number279
Home in 1870Tyler, Smith, Texas
Post OfficeTyler
OccupationAt Home
Household members
Henry Hynson74
Mary Hynson30
Nancy Tally16
Mary Hynson5
Florence Hynson2

This is probably where Fountan met Nannie. The couple move to Williamson County, Texas, which is still essentially East Texas, but most definately moving into the center. The topography changes in Williamson County from the rich, loamy, black soil of Eastern Texas  to the limestone hills of West Texas. It has a typically wild west history.  Fountain found work there as a Drayman.

In 1880, two of their five little girls had been born and his younger half-sister, Sarah, had  come to live with them. Their father had died in 1877. Three years later, Sarah Lovina Price would marry a man called Jack Dunham.

NameF. B. Price
Birth DateAbt 1851
Home in 1880Precinct 6, Williamson, Texas, USA
House Number27
Dwelling Number14
Relation to Head of HouseSelf (Head)
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse's NameNancy Price
Father's BirthplaceVirginia
Mother's BirthplaceVirginia
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
F. B. Price29
Nancy Price24
Sarah Price21
Lizzie Price6
Ida Lee Price10/12

Williamson was not where the Price family wanted to settle down for good. By becoming a drayman, Fountian became a quick study of the merchant class and wanted to become a businessman.  He decided to start a Bakery. 

NameFountain B Price
Birth DateMay 1851
BirthplaceVirginia, USA
Home in 1900Whitesboro, Grayson, Texas
Sheet Number11
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation226
Family Number233
Relation to Head of HouseHead
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse's NameNancy A Price
Marriage Year1872
Years Married28
Father's BirthplaceVirginia, USA
Mother's BirthplaceVirginia, USA
OccupationBakery Merch
Months Not Employed0
Can ReadY
Can WriteY
Can Speak EnglishY
House Owned or RentedRent
Farm or HouseH
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
Fountain B Price49
Nancy A Price46
Mary R Price17
Fannie Price15
Pearl C Price11

Fountain was now almost 50 years old. He raised 5 daughters and two were married. He settled in Whitesboro, Grayson County, near Dallas. Grayson County is where he lost his beloved Nannie. She passed away there on June 29, 1908, at just 54 years old. 

In 1910, Fountain is still operating his Bakery and living with  his youngest daughter, Pearlie and her family.  Unmarried daughter, Fannie, is living with them as well. 

NameFountain B Price
Age in 191059
Birth Date1851
Home in 1910Whitesboro, Grayson, Texas, USA
Sheet Number11a
StreetWest Main Street
Relation to Head of HouseHead
Marital StatusWidowed
Father's BirthplaceVirginia
Mother's BirthplaceVirginia
Native TongueEnglish
Employer, Employee or OtherEmployer
Home Owned or RentedOwn
Home Free or MortgagedFree
Farm or HouseHouse
Able to readY
Able to WriteY
Enumeration District Number0103
Enumerated Year1910
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
Fountain B Price59
Fannie Price24
Porter Cooley24
Pearl Cooley21
Elizabeth Cooley3

Soon afterwards, Porter and Pearl would resettle their family in Oklahoma. Fountain was on the move again. With his daughter Fannie,  he now found in  the little town of Brady in McCulloch County, deep in the heart of Texas. 

Brady is exactly what comes to mind when most folks think of Texas; ranches scrub brush and and wide, flat rivers. 

Here is where he would lose his daughter, Fannie,  to pnuemonia,  in 1918. Fountain would remain in McCulloch for a time in the 1920's, but by 1930, he would retire  and move to Fort Worth, where his oldest daughter, Kurgie, lived. 

Fountain B. Price would spend his last few retirement years in Fort Worth. He passed away there on December 8, 1933, of heart failure. His body was returned to Whitesboro, in Grayson County, Texas, to be buried beside his wife, Nannie. 

Fountain and Nannie Price were the parents of 5 daughters.

A) Elizabeth LuKurgia Price ( 1873-1936) married Clarence Jackson and raised 4 children in Fort Worth.

 B) Ida Lee Price (1879 - Unknown).

C) Mary Rebecca Price (1883-1952) married Evander Irl Donaldson and raised 4 children in Houston, Texas.

D) Fannie Price ( (1885-1918) helped her father in the Bakery and Never Married. 

E) Pearlie Cecile Price (1888 - 1973) married Porter Alvin Cooley and raised 2 children in Ardmore, Oklahoma. 

Fountain Boon Price, a man with an unusual name, and typical of a Founding Texas family.