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1778 Christian Good, son of Jacob and Magdalena Good, was born on July 27. [1]

1839 Christian Good of Earl Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania wrote his will, dated June 15. He bequeathed his estate of 43 acres (conveyed to Christian by David Witmer and Michael Brubaker, executors of Jacob Summy) to friend Franey Miller, living with him. Franey was to care for Christian's wife, Elizabeth, if Elizabeth lived longer than he. Franey Miller was named executor. Witnessed by Wendel Holl and Roland Diller. The will was proved April 19, 1853. On May 10, 1853, Franey Miller was affirmed administrator according to the laws relating to collateral inheritances. [2]

1840 Christian Good Senior (age 60-70) lived in Brecknock Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with one female (age 20-30), and female age (70-80). [3]

1850 Christian Good (age 73, born in Pennsylvania) lived in Earl Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Frances Miller (age 58) lived with Christian Miller (age 24) and Lydia (age 20) in the adjacent listing. [4]

1853 Christian Good died on July 4, in Earl Twp, Lancaster County. [5]

Christian Good had no surviving descendants. He was a minister.

A biosketch reports [6]:

After these (earlier ministers) came another trio of ministers, who served the congregations that used to worship in that plain meeting-house from about the year 1825, and afterwards, who are much better remembered, though all dead for more than a quarter of a century. The first was Christian Good, a grandson of the original Christian, who resided a short distance southeast of Good's mill. He was a man of considerable natural parts, and, for his time and opportunities, of respectable information. He had read some books, and had an intelligent comprehension of their contents. He was the author of a German hymn, in the form of an acrostic, which he composed during his last illness, while confined to his room by a lingering consumption. Its execution shows that he had some knowledge of metrical composition. He was for all that, however, a strict constructionist of the strict conditions of his faith. When by reason of careless and unskillful cultivation the farms of the whole neighborhood had become exhausted, and many of his neighbors began to use lime as a fertilizer, he opposed the innovation on principles of morality, contending that it was the spirit of discontent and an inordinate desire after worldly riches that prompted them in their endeavors to improve the productiveness of their farms. In his delivery he was slow, calm, and deliberate, wholly unimpassioned. In person he was rather tall and slim. In dress, of course, scrupulously plain.


[1] Jane Evans Best, "Six Good Families of Early Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (July, 1989), 11-28, at 24, GC352.

[2] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Probate Records, V-407, [FamilySearchImage].

[3] United States Federal Census, 1840, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[4] United States Federal Census, 1850, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[5] Jane Evans Best, "Six Good Families of Early Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 12 (July, 1989), 11-28, at 24, GC352.

[6] Franklin Ellis and Samuel Evans, History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches (1883), 678, [GoogleBooks], [HathiTrust].