GOODWIN.-At Chester Monthly Meeting, 12, 28, 1708, "Thomas Gooding Produceth a Good Certificate for himself and family from Rudholt perticular meeting, hee being Ingaidged to y'Ship could not stay untill the monthly meeting." He is said to have come from the parish of Liandewi-Brefi, in Cardinganshire, and his family consisted of his wife, Elizabeth, and children,-Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, and Thomas, with whom he settled in Edgmont township, on land since of Everett Passmore. His eldest son, John, remained in Wales, and resided at Esgairgoch, a village about eight miles from Llanidloes, in Montgomeryshire; was a minister among Friends, and he and his wife were well esteemed, having built a meeting-house and purchased the ground at their cost. John Goodwin died in 1763, aged about eighty-two years. Thomas Goodwin, the father, died about ----, and his wife 9,10,1739, aged eighty-seven.
Of their children, Elizabeth married Peter Thomas in 1711, Mary married Thomas James in 1712, and Sarah married John Worrall in 1714. Mary and Sarah, as well as their brothers, were ministers, and in that capacity paid visits to Great Britain, and the latter died in Ireland while in that service.
Thomas Goodwin, Jr., born in Wales, 1694, was married 9,12,1729, at
Newtown Meeting to Ann, daughter of Richard Jones, of Goshen, and in 1749
settled on 230 acres of land in what is now East Goshen, west of the General
Greene tavern. He was a minister, and paid religious visits to New
England, 1755, the "lower counties" and Maryland in 1758-59, and,
beside other journeys to the neighboring provinces, he went, in 1763, to Great
Britain, whence he returned the next year. In 1768 he visited Friends in
Ireland, and after his return was concerned in visiting such as held slaves, to
dissuade them from the practice. He died 4,16,1775, and was buried on the
19th at Goshen.
The children of Thomas and Ann were John, m. to Naomi Potter, 1759;
Thomas, m. to Mary Hall, 1759; Richard m. at Middletown Meeting 12,8,1757 to
Lydia, daughter of Abraham Potter of Sussex County; Jane, m. to Thomas Massey;
Isaac, unmarried; Elizabeth, died young; Sarah, m. to Jesse
Williams. Thomas and Mary had children,-Elizabeth, Ezra, John, Susanna, George, Gideon, Jane, and Sarah. This family removed to Virginia in 1770, but returned to Chester County in 1777. Richard Goodwin, born 8,18,1735, succeeded his father at the homestead. Lydia, his wife, was born 9,18,1738, and died 1,22,1810. Their children were Elisha, who m. Lucy Williams; Isaac, Enoch, and Mary, unmarried;Naomi, m. to Francis Mechem; Lydia, m. to Enos Williamson; Sarah,unmarried; and Thomas, b. 5,21,1778, who m. 1,4,1838, Phebe Miller,daughter of George and Mary Miller, of Upper Providence, Delaware Co. He died 7,28,1840, leaving an only child, Mary M., now the wife of Samuel R. Downing, and in whose possession the Goshen homestead remains. A view of
the old homestead is given elsewhere, in connection with a picture of their present residence.