I got pretty much straightened out by you in your earlier post to me, on the Goodrum family. I had forgotten many of the names, and had no dates, etc. By the way, it definitely was Thomas JEFFERSON Goodrum, and his son, my great uncle Tommy, was the same. Tommy was an inventor, with a few patents. He lost his farm---now downtown Houston---when the stock market fell in 1929, because a bunch of crooked patent attorneys had obtained a mortgage on it. I already had gathered some information from my family conversations, as I discussed this stuff in the 1950s with some of T.J. Goodrum's children---Corrine, Thomas, Jr., and "Aunt Matt", as well as my grandmother, Wessie Aldrich Goodrum Benton. I do however see in the material you sent me earlier, a birth recorded in Texas in 1855, that of Melveet Dockery Goodrum (m. John Rogers), so this would mean, if accurate, that the Goodrums came to Grimes County a year earlier. I know that they lived at or near "Washington-on-the-Brazos, for a while, which I suppose is in Grimes County.
I'll try to pursue the origin of Fannie Elizabeth Davis, whom I believe was somehow related to Jefferson Davis, because I had some cousins who "put on aires" about it, and was told that our side of the family was more closely related than they were, but the Goodrums were not ones to blow their horn about that. My uncle, Angus Thomas Benton, Jr., was the spitting image of Jeff Davis in appearance.
Notice that Prairie View is close by. One of the Goodrum women married Jay Gould, the railroad tycoon, and with his money, founded Prairie View A & M. That information came from my mother, grandmother, and great aunt Corrine.
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