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1812 On 26 June, Benneville Benjamin Good was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and grew up there. [1][2][3] He was the son of Jacob Good and Elizabeth Bowman [4].

1820 Margaret Reed was born on February 18, in Rockingham County, Virginia. She was the daughter of William S. and Christina (Wenger) Reed. [5][6][7][8]

c 1835 Beneville Benjamin Good moved from Pennsylvania to Columbiana (now Mahoning) County, Ohio and followed a trade as carpenter until 1849. His father and brothers stayed behind in Pennsylvania. Margaret Reed's father, William Reed, moved from Virginia to Columbiana County, Ohio, likely at about the same time. [9]

1839 Beneville Benjamin Good and Margaret Reed were married on 30 December by Jacob Roller in Columbiana County, Ohio. [Photocopy, Beneville Benjamin Good and Margaret Reed Marriage Columbiana County, Ohio.][10] They were Mennonite. [11]

1840 Beneville Benjamin Good (age 20-30) lived in Washington Twp, Columbiana County, Ohio, with a female (age 20-30, Margaret). The adjacent entry was for father-in-law William Reed. [12][13][14]

1841 William Jacob Good, the first child of B.B. and Margaret Reed Good, was born on 28 February, 1841 and died 1851. [15]

1841 There was no entry for Beneville Benjamin Good on the 1841 atlas for Beaver Twp, Columbiana County, Ohio. Father-in-law William Reed had land in section 18. [Photocopy, William S Reed land in section 18, Beaver Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, 1841.]

1845 Beneville Benjamin Good was taxed in section 18 of Beaver Twp for 12 acres (value 48), and 2 horses and 3 cows (value 104). Father-in-law William S Reed was also taxed in the same township. [Photocopy, 1845 Tax listing for B B Good.][16]

1847 On 1 October, Beneville Benjamin Good of Columbiana County, Ohio purchased 40 acres at the Winamac land office in Indiana for $50. He was granted the land in 1850 by President Taylor. [Photocopy, 1847 Columbiana County, Ohio land purchased by Benneville Good.]

[Photocopy, 1849 land records for Benneville Good, Columbiana County, Ohio.]

1849 Benjamin B. Good was listed in the Beaver Twp, Columbiana County, Ohio tax records with personal property valued at $38 and no record of real estate. [17] [Photocopy, 1849 tax records for Benjamin B Good.][18]

1850 On February 6, Benneville B Good of Columbiana County, Ohio paid $50 for 40 acres of land at the Winamac land office in Indiana (SW of the SW quarter of section 5 in Township 35, 5 East, see the 1847 purchase) [Photocopy, 1850 Ohio land grant to BB Good signed by President Zachary Taylor.] This land was on the north side of County Road 44, east of CR 7 and west of Bull Cemetery (in 2007). [19].

1850 [B.B] Beneville Benjamin Good and Margaret Good moved overland from eastern Ohio to Elkhart County, Indiana, shipping their goods by canal as far as Ft. Wayne, Indiana. They located in Union Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana, cleared 12 acres of land, and built their first home, which was a log cabin. Benjamin, who was a farmer, continued to clear and improve the land until he died, at age 56, in Walkerton, Indiana. [20]

1850 [Ben B] Beneville Benjamin Good (age 40), farmer, and wife Margaret (age 28, born Virginia) lived in Union Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with estate valued at $600. Children were William (age 9), Israel (age 8), Lydia A (age 5), Isaiah (age 4), and John (age 2). Both Israel and William attended school. In the same household was Margaret's mother, Christina Reed (age 65, born PA). Note that C Reed (age 60) was also listed living with W.S. Reed in a different household in Union township, an apparent double listing. Margaret's sister Harriett Christophel lived just two houses away and Margaret's sister, Elizabeth Christophel, lived in the same township. [21][22]

1860 [B.B] Beneville Benjamin Good (age 47), farmer, and Margaret (age 40, born in Virginia) lived in Elkhart County, Indiana with children Israel (age 18), Lydia A (age 15), Isiah (age 13, born Ohio), Elizabeth (age 9 born Indiana), Sarah (age 7), Elisha (age 6), Saphona (age 4), and Jacob (age 2). The real estate was valued at $3,000 and other estate at $640 [23][24]. Margaret's father, William Reed, lived nearby.

1861 [BB] Beneville Benjamin Good had land in sections 5 and 8 in Union Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana on the 1861 map of Elkhart County, Indiana. Father-in-law W.S. Reed also had land in section 5 and in section 17. [Map, 1861 map of B.B. Good and William S Reed lots.][25]

1862 On 10 January, Benneville B Good returned to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to receive his share of uncle Samuel Good's estate. Benneville's brother, John B Good, administrator, made an accounting of Samuel Good's estate with Benneville B Good of Elkhart County, Indiana; one of the sons of Samuel's brother, Jacob Good of Brecknock Twp, Lancaster County. Benneville B Good received $316.36. [26]

1868 Benneville Good died. Israel Good, the oldest surviving sibling, administered the estate. The surviving 10 heirs were Isaiah R Good, Lydia Ann Lehman, Israel Good, and seven minors. Margaret was left with 7 minor children (Elizabeth, Sarah, Elisha, Francis, Jacob, Mary Ann, and Margaret) and was the manager of their estate. The probate court include more than 180 pages, that show the careful accounting made of the inheritance until those children came of age. [27][28][29] The management of the estate was complex and involved sale of land in Illinois (receipt dated January 2, 1872), for example. On April 12, 1869 son-in-law Peter Lehman received $321, "which is my share in full of the real estate" and then on April 17 1871 he received $20 "as part of my share of the personal property". Final distributions were made to several beneficiaries on January 2, 1872, at which time widow Margaret received $1788.20 from the estate. This accounting continued at least until May 1878 when the last record of this estate was filed showing that Margaret paid attorney John Irvine $4.50. The inventory and estate sale records of Benjamin's personal property listed many carpentry items, including the following items:

2 wash tubs, 2 buckets, sausage stuffer, 2 axes, 2 iron wedges, washboard, table, 4 sugar kettles, 2 log chains, 2 stay chains, sugar slice?, soap barrel, box of lumber, oak plank, loom, box with leather, brick screen (brush screw?), set of clamps, door cramp, foot adz, mallet and hammer, mallet and synan?, broad axe and drawing knife, rasp and chisels, saw and augers (3 sets), 2 inch augur (2x), ¾ inch augur, stone and wrench, glue kettle, set match planes and bits, corner plane, jack plane, Fore plane, jointer plane, smoothing plane, basket and contents, 2 oil cans, sundries, saw, set of chisels, 5 gouges (2 sets), screwdriver, sundries, pan and contents, carpenter's rule, brace and bits, lot of files, plane and bits, 6 molding planes, cornice planes, tool chest, knot? and sickle, bird and maple?, shap skins, meat tub, 4 barrels, tray tunnels and lock (bought by widow), rack washtub and hook, drawing knife and guges (gages?), square, subarl? and wire, rocking chair, book case, headstands (2x), 3 lard cans, beacg? (3x), 12 yards linsey, 16 yards linen, cotton batten, 2 butcher knives, galvanick battery, 3 jars, 2 horse buggy, 2 horse wagon, cream? horse, double set harness, 9 yards of cloth more or less, Apens (Guns?) work, Dr. Chasen receipts, and hand saw.

1868 An obituary for Benuel B. Good reported [30]:

On the 7th of Dec., in Elkhart County, Indiana, of typhoid fever, Benuel B. Good, aged 56 years, 4 months and 11 days. He was buried on the 9th at Yellow Creek burying-ground. Funeral discourses were delivered by C. Baer, J. F. Funk and J. Snyde. Text from Jn. 11: 25. He was a member of the Mennonite church, and entirely resigned to his heavenly Father's will, and though the bereavement falls heavily upon the family, yet they need not mourn as these who have no hope. He is only gone before.

1870 Margaret Good (age 50, born in Virginia) lived in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with children Sarah (age 18), Elisha (age 16), Sophronia (age 14), Jacob (age 12), Mary (age 8), and Margaret (age 4) with real estate valued at $4500 and other estate valued at $300. [31][32]

[Map, 1874 map of Northern Union Twp, Elkhart Indiana, 1874.][33] The land that B. B. Good had owned in Union Twp (section 5 and 8) in 1861 had been divided and owned by C Wenger and P Kitmer.

1880 Margaret Good (age 60) lived in Union Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana. Daughters Sarah, Mary, and Margaret lived with her. [34][35] Son Isaiah R Good, with wife Anna and children Joseph, Sarah, and Ida, lived next door. Daughter Frances and son-in-law John Moyer lived on the other side. Living nearby were brother Abraham Reed and sisters Mary Ann Reed Blosser and Harriet Reed Christopher.

1889-1890 Lydia Huber, sister of Benneville Good, died in 1889 without heirs and, on 29 April, 1890, the account of her estate named the heirs of her brothers and sisters. Benneville Good, deceased, was named with children Israel, Isaiah, Elijah, Jacob, Lydia Ann wife of Peter Leaman, Elizabeth wife of Martin Hoover, Veronica wife of John Moyer, Sarah, Mary Ann, and Margaret. [36]

1893 Margaret Good died on April 17, 1893. [37][38]

Mrs. Margaret Good, widow Benneville B. Good, died at Nappanee April 16th. She was bom in Rockingham county, Va., Feb. 18th 1820. She went with her parents to Mahoning county, Ohio, when ten years of age; and at the age of nineteen years was married to Benneville B. Good, who died in 1868. The family came to Elkhart county 1848, where they resided until the death of Mr. Good, when they went to Livingston county, Ill., but only lived there about one year, returning to this county. The deceased had been making her home with her three daughters in Nappannee for the past five years. She was the mother of 12 children, two of whom are dead, 47 grand children, and 4 great grand children. She was a member of the Old Mennonite association. The funeral occured Tuesday forenoon at the Yellow Creek church Revs. Lambert and Shaum officiating. Nappannee News.

1898 On 6 May, the estate of Margaret Good was settled in Elkhart County, Indiana with payment of $113.05 to each of 10 surviving children: Sarah Good, Margaret M. Parsons, Jacob B. Good, Elisha W. Good, Israel Good, Isaiah R. Good, Elizabeth Hoover, Frances Moyer, Mary A. Behler, and Lydia A. Lehman. [Elkhart courthouse, Goshen, Indiana]


Grandson William Good at Yellow Creek Cemetery, Indiana, 1923.


BB and Margaret Good graves.[39]

Margaret [40] and B. B. Good [41] were buried in Old Yellow Creek Mennonite Cemetery on East side of county road 11 near the intersection with county road 38, Southwest, Elkhart County, Indiana in row 16 (starting from the road), last two on south end.

1929 In August, daughters Maggie (Good) Parsons, Frances (Good) Moyer, and Sarah Good were in the gladiola garden at the home of George Parsons, in Nappanee, Indiana for a photo.


Good sisters: Margaret, Frances, and Sarah.[42]

"Mrs. Benaville Good died at the age of seventy-three, having reared ten children, whose names were Israel, Lydia, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Sarah, Elijah, Frances, Jacob, Mary and Margaret." [43]

Research Notes:

1915 A newspaper notice concerning a land claim gave a list of potential heirs of Benneville and Margaret Good. [44][45]:

Be it known, That on this 7th day of July, in the year 1915, the above named plaintiff by his attorney, filed in the office of the Clerk of the Elkhart Circuit Court a complaint against said defendants in the above entitled cause, together with an affidavit of a competent person, that the plaintiff has a meritorious cause of action against said defendants to quiet title to the following described real estate in Elkhart county and State of Indiana, to-wit: The west half (½) of the northwest quarter (¼) of section eight (8), Township thirty-five (35) North, Range Five (5) East, containing Eighty (80) acres [see 1861 map] and that the defendants,

... Benville B. Good, Margaret Good, Benville Good, Israel Good, Lydia Ann Lehman, Isiah R. Good, Elizabeth Good. Sarah Good, Elisha Good, Fannie Good, Jacob Good, Mary Ann Good, Margaret Good, Israel Good, Administrator of the Estate of Benville Good, deceased, John Weaver, Isiah R. Good, Peter Y. Lehman, ...

Said defendants are therefore hereby notified of the filing and pendency of said complaint against them, and unless they appear and answer or demur thereto at the calling of said cause on the 4th day of October, 1915 ...


Footnotes:

[1] Abraham E. Weaver, ed., A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Vol. 2 (1916), 783, Reports birth in 1812, [HathiTrust], [Google_Book].

[2] Mennonite Obituary Archives, Herald of Truth, Volume V, Number 12 - December, 1868, page 190, Age at death corresponds to birth on 26 July 1812, [MennObits].

[3] Unknown author, "Good Family Notes Birthday List," In possession of Ida Mae Good and likely from Irby J Good, reports June 26, Friday.

[4] Jane Evans Best, "Six Good Families of Early Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (July, 1989), 11-28, at 24, person GC3539.

[5] Abraham E. Weaver, ed., A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Vol. 2 (1916), 784, [HathiTrust], [Google_Book].

[6] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 67, person 178.

[7] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 25, 26, 193, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust], [Internet_Archive].

[8] Unknown author, "Good Family Notes Birthday List," In possession of Ida Mae Good and likely from Irby J Good, reports Feb 18, Friday.

[9] Abraham E. Weaver, ed., A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Vol. 2 (1916), 783, [HathiTrust], [Google_Book].

[10] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 927766, [FamilySearch_Record].

[11] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 193, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust], [Internet_Archive].

[12] US census, 1840, Reel 0386, Image 224, line 18, [Internet_Archive].

[13] US census, 1840

[14] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1840, [FamilySearch_Record].

[15] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 193, [Google_Book], [HathiTrust], [Internet_Archive].

[16] Carol Willsey Bell, Mahoning County, Ohio, 1845 Tax List (1973), 7, [Google_Book].

[17] Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Ohio, listings for Samuel, Joseph, Moses, and Christopher Good (relationship unknown).

[18] Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Ohio.

[19] United States Bureau of Land Management Patent, [US_BLM].

[20] Abraham E. Weaver, ed., A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Vol. 2 (1916), 783, [HathiTrust], [Google_Book].

[21] US census, 1850, Reel 0144, Image 242, family 1616, [Internet_Archive].

[22] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1850, [FamilySearch_Record].

[23] US census, 1860, Reel 256, Image 470, family 264, [Internet_Archive].

[24] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1860, [FamilySearch_Record].

[25] Joseph D Nash, Map of Elkhart County, Indiana (Philadelphia, Samuel Geil, 1861), Library of Congress.

[26] Recorder of Deeds, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book Y8, 645-646, [645], [646], [Lancaster_County_Deeds_E-Film+IQS_Index].

[27] Indiana, Will and Probate Records, 1 of 121 images, [Ancestry_Record], [Ancestry_Image].

[28] Indiana, Will and Probate Records, 1 of 67 images, [Ancestry_Record], [Ancestry_Image].

[29] Family History Library microfilm, 1675750, #21/75 Vault A-27, [FHL_Film_Catalog].

[30] Mennonite Obituary Archives, Herald of Truth, Volume V, Number 12 - December, 1868, page 190, [MennObits].

[31] US census, 1870, Reel 0311, Image 411, family 286, [Internet_Archive].

[32] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1870, [FamilySearch_Record].

[33] An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 63.

[34] US census, 1880, Reel 0275, Image 544, family 324, [Internet_Archive].

[35] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1880, [FamilySearch_Record].

[36] Pennsylvania, Will and Probate Records, Estate of Lydia Huber, [Ancestry_Record], [Ancestry_Image].

[37] NewspaperArchive.com, Online Newspaper Database, Heritage Archives, Ltd, [Heritage_Newspaper_Archive_UM].

[38] Newspaper, Goshen Times (Goshen, Indiana), April 27, 1893, page 6, column 6.

[39] Family Document, (Robert Wolfe, photographer, 2010).

[40] Find A Grave Memorial 74518365, [Find_A_Grave].

[41] Find A Grave Memorial 74518221, [Find_A_Grave].

[42] Family Document, Photo hand colored by Walter E Moyer.

[43] Abraham E. Weaver, ed., A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Vol. 2 (1916), 784, [HathiTrust], [Google_Book].

[44] NewspaperArchive.com, Online Newspaper Database, Heritage Archives, Ltd, [Heritage_Newspaper_Archive_UM].

[45] Newspaper, Goshen Weekly News, page 8, column 2.


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