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Notes for Beneville Benjamin Good and Margaret Reed

1812 B. Benjamin Good was born on June 26, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Both family and official documents used only his initials B. or BB, or spelled his first name as either Benneville or Beneville or as other variations. [1] [2] BB Good was a son of Jacob Good and Elizabeth Bowman. Neither of his initials referred to Bowman, the maiden name of his mother. [3]

1820 Margaret Reed was born on February 18, in Rockingham County, Virginia. [4] She was the daughter of William S. and Christina (Wenger) Reed. [5] [6] [7] [8]


Birthday list for Beneville Good's family,
perhaps kept by grandson Irby J Good

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 December 30 in Columbiana County, Ohio, by Jacob Roller. [10] [11] They were Mennonite. [12]

Banuel B Good & Margaret Reed: I hereby certify that on the 30th day of December 1839, Banuel B Good & Margaret Reed were joined in the Bonds of Matrimony before me the undersigned … Jacob Roller Justice of the Peace


1839 Marriage record for Beneville Benjamin Good and Margaret Reed, Columbiana County, Ohio

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. [13] [14]

Title
1841 Map of part of Columbiana County, Ohio [15]
shows land of WS Reed in section 18, Beaver Twp.
The adjacent lot in section 13 of Green Twp
with no owner marked also belonged to WS Reed.
Beneville Good also owned some of the land.
The deed and tax records listed here involved lands at the border
between Green (number 16) and Beaver (number 13) townships.
Most of the records involved section 18 in Beaver township (to the east)
and section 13 in Green township (to the west).

1840 Beneval B Good was granted, by warrant, land in Range 2, Tp 13, Section 18, by William S Reed and wife Christiana. Witnessed by William Sherrick and Isaac Cullen? [16]

1841 William Jacob Good, the first child of B.B. and Margaret Reed Good, was born on February 28, 1841. William died 1851. [17]

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.]

1844 Lydia Ann Good, daughter of Benjamin and Margaret Good, was born on October 1, in Beaver Twp, Mahoning County, Ohio. [18]

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.] [19]

1845 Beneval B Good was granted, by warrant, land in Columbiana County, Ohio (Range 2, Tp 13, Section 21) by Abraham Myers and wife Elizabeth. Witnessed by Christopher Dreitzer and John H Donald (Justice of the Peace). [20]

1845 Beneville B Good and wife Margaret, of Columbiana County, sold 12.77 acres of land in section 18, Twp 13, Range 2, to George Boyers, on March 20. Signed by Benneville B Good and Margaret Good. Witnessed by John H Donald and Jacob Kraus? [21]

1847 Beneville Benjamin Good of Columbiana County, Ohio purchased 40 acres at the Winamac land office in Indiana on October 1, 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. [Photocopy, 1849 tax records for Benjamin B Good.] [22]

1850 Benneville B Good, of Columbiana County, Ohio, paid $50 for 40 acres of land at the Winamac land office in Indiana On February 6. The tract was 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). [23]

1850 B.B. 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. [24]

1850 Ben B Good (age 40), farmer, and wife Margaret (age 28, born Virginia) were listed in the census 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. [25] [26] [27]

1856 Jacob B. Good, son of B. B. Good and Margaret Reed, was born on October 13, 1856 in Indiana. [28]

1860 B.B. Good (age 47), farmer, and Margaret (age 40, born in Virginia) were listed in the census 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. [29] [30] [31] Margaret's father, William Reed, lived nearby.

1861 BB 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.] [32]

1862 Benneville B Good returned to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 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. [33]

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. [34] [35] [36] 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 [37]:

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. [38] [39]

[Map, 1874 map of Northern Union Twp, Elkhart Indiana, 1874.] [40] 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. [41] [42] 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.

1890 Documents from the probate records of sister Lydia Huber and Christian Huber named collateral heirs of both Christian Huber and Lydia Huber. [43] The account of the estate of Lydia Huber named Lydia's brothers and sisters and their heirs. Dated April 29. [44] The heirs of Lydia Huber included:
3 Benneville Good dec'd a brother of Lydia Huber dec'd leaving 10 children

1 Israel Good
2 Isaiah Good
3 Elijah Good
4 Jacob Good
5 Lydia Ann wife of Peter Leaman
6 Elizabeth wife of Martin Hoover
7 Veronica wife of John Moyer
8 Sarah Good
9 Mary Ann Good
10 Margaret Good

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. [45]

1893 Margaret Good died on April 17, 1893. [46] [47] [48]

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 The estate of Margaret Good was settled, in Elkhart County, Indiana, on May 6, 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.


Signatures of 10 children on a receipt for Margaret's tombstone [49]


Grandson William Good at Yellow Creek Cemetery, Indiana, 1923


BB and Margaret Good graves [50]

Margaret [51] [52] and B. B. Good [53] 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 Daughters Maggie (Good) Parsons, Frances (Good) Moyer, and Sarah Good were in the gladiola garden at the home of George Parsons, in August, in Nappanee, Indiana.


Good sisters: Margaret, Frances, and Sarah [54]

"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." [55]

Research Notes:

1915 A newspaper notice concerning a land claim gave a list of potential heirs of Benneville and Margaret Good. [56] [57]:

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] 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].

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

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

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

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

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

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

[8] Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Genealogical Card File (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

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

[10] Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, Columbiana County 3-230, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[11] Family Search, Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[12] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 193, [GoogleBooks], [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive].

[13] US census, 1840, Reel 0386, Image 224, line 18, [InternetArchive].

[14] United States Federal Census, 1840, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[15] Lewis Vail Esq., Map of Columbiana County, Ohio, compiled by J.P. Willard (1841), [LibraryOfCongress Map], [LibraryOfCongress].

[16] Recorder of Deeds, Columbiana County, Ohio, Deeds, 31-490, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[17] Jonas G. Wenger, Martin D. Wenger, and Joseph H. Wenger, History of the Descendants of Christian Wenger (1903), 193, [GoogleBooks], [HathiTrust], [InternetArchive].

[18] Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

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

[20] Recorder of Deeds, Columbiana County, Ohio, Deeds, 37-134, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[21] Recorder of Deeds, Columbiana County, Ohio, Deeds, 37-112, [FamilySearchImage], [FHLCatalog].

[22] Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Ohio.

[23] United States Bureau of Land Management Patent, [US_BLM Abstract], [Website Image].

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

[25] United States Federal Census, 1850, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

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

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

[28] Washington, Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960, [AncestryRecord].

[29] United States Federal Census, 1860, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[30] United States Federal Census, 1860, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[31] United States Federal Census, 1860, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

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

[33] Recorder of Deeds, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book Y8, 645-646, [645], [646], [FHLCatalog].

[34] Indiana, Will and Probate Records, 1 of 121 images, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[35] Indiana, Will and Probate Records, 1 of 67 images, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

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

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

[38] United States Federal Census, 1870, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[39] United States Federal Census, 1870, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[40] An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 63, [Historic Mapworks], [David RumseyMaps].

[41] United States Federal Census, 1880, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[42] United States Federal Census, 1880, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[43] Pennsylvania, Will and Probate Records, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[44] Pennsylvania, Will and Probate Records, Estate of Lydia Huber, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[45] Pennsylvania, Will and Probate Records, Estate of Lydia Huber, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[46] [NewspaperArchive], [NewspaperArchive(AmericanAncestors)].

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

[48] Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Genealogical Card File (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[49] Family Document, Among many probate documents at Elkhart County courthouse, Goshen, Indiana.

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

[51] Find A Grave Memorial 74518365, [FindAGrave].

[52] Find A Grave Memorial at Ancestry.com, [AncestryRecord].

[53] Find A Grave Memorial 74518221, [FindAGrave].

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

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

[56] [NewspaperArchive], [NewspaperArchive(AmericanAncestors)].

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