Charlestown Township, Clark County, Indiana

"On the banks of Pleasant Run Creek, Charlestown Township, four miles south west of Charlestown, Clark County, is located the GOODWIN family graveyard [not to be confused with the GOODWIN-NICHOLSON CEMETERY]. This graveyard is on part of the farm that has been in the Goodwin family since 1800. In the Indiana Magazine of History for March 1933, is an article about the Edward Goodwin family. On page twenty-five is a picture of two of the gravestones in this little old cemetery.

"The cemetery is quite small, enclosed completely by a beautiful old stone wall of piled limestone -- typical of the stone fences of Kentucky. There is no entrance. To get in, one must climb the wall. There are [were] five graves and gravestones.

Mary Wallace (con-

  sort [meaning she

  died before her

  husband] of 

  William Goodwin;

  age 70 years)         GOODWIN         b. ????         d. 11/1824


William (husband of

  Mary W. Goodwin;

  age 67 years)         GOODWIN         b. ????         d. 08/1825

Edward (husband of

  Mary Goodwin;

  apparently not

  the same "Mary"

  as named above;

  died at age 108)      GOODWIN         b. ????         d. 05/1826

George (son of M.

  & W. Goodwin, 

  age 22 years)         GOODWIN         b. ????         d. 03/1814

William (son of M.

  and E. Councel;

  age 18 years)         GOODWIN         b. ????         d. 08/1822
"Each gravestone has a fancy bit of carving just under the name. For the four male gravestones, this is a hand with a forefinger pointing to heaven; for Mary Wallace Goodwin, the carving is a conventional flower that could be a four-leaf clover.

"William served under George Rogers Clark. In Conquest of the Northwest by William E. English, Vol. II, page 845, William Goodwin is listed as receiving eight acres in Section 196 and 100 acres in Section 262 of Clark's Grant.

"The names of Amos Goodwin and Edward Goodwin are listed in the roll of privates who served in some of the campaigns of Colonel Clark -- but were not allotted land. (These names are mentioned on page 1063.)

"Figuring from the ages on the gravestones, Edward must have been 61 and William 21 at the time of the capture of Vincennes.

"Three sons of William Goodwin served in the Tippecanoe expedition of 1811.

"In Pioneer History of Indiana by Col. William Cochran, Amos Goodwin is listed as a private (page 263) and John Goodwin is listed as a mounted rifleman (page 296). Incidentally, John Goodwin married Paulina Jenkins, who was one of Capt. Leonard Helm's grandchildren."

The identity of the person who did the above index (circa 1940) is unknown.

I have no further information on this cemetery. This index was obtained from the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130, telephone: (812) 285-5635.

E-mail: Dee Pavey

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