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Re: Goodrum Family of VA and KY
Posted by: Sharon Lemkuil (ID *****3647) Date: June 19, 2010 at 16:24:31
In Reply to: Re: Goodrum Family of VA and KY by Bonnie Martinson of 423

I, too, am from the family of Bennett Goodrum.

I would caution that Mrs. DeForrest Parrott, while a good resource, is not always correct in her information. There are several mistakes in the Rhodes lineage which is my lineage, which has created a lot of errors and "legends" which are undocumented fantasies.

One interesting fact which no one has mentioned about Bennett Goodrum is that he raised famous race horses.

Note: Revolutionary War Veteran
Born: about 1760 in Charles Co., MD or Brunswick Co., VA
Died: 18 Sep 1823 in Allen Springs, Warren Co., KY
Buried: Kitty Cooksey Farm (Old Cooksey Farm/Cooksey Goodrum Cemetery), Allen Springs, Warren Co., KY
Note: Served in the Revolutionary War under Capt. James Mason of Brunswick Co., VA, but pension denied due to discharge papers being lost in a house fire. Pension # R-4-120 Military Service Served in Revolutionary War.
Occupation: horse breeder
Note: Bennett Goodrum bred the famous race horse Black Maria.
"Haynie's Maria was a most extraordinary race nag at all distances, not inferior to any that have appeared in America since her day. She was bred by Bennett Goodrum of Virginia, who brought her to North Carolina. She was foaled in 1808. He carried her to Tennessee with him when he moved there, and in the fall of 1809 sold Maria to Captain Jesse Haynie of Sumner county.
She was sired by imported Diomed when he was near thirty years of age. She was a very dark chestnut, appearing almost black, exactly fifteen hands high, possessed of great strength, muscular power, and perfect symmetry—the perfect model of a game race horse. Maria commenced her turf career at three years old, and ran all distances from a quarter of a mile to four mile heats, without losing a race, or even a heat, until she was nine years old."
Goodrum's horse raced against President Andrew Jackson's. I noticed that the name Jackson as a middle name for one of his sons and have wondered if he knew him personally from racing circles.

Father: James GOODRUM
Possible Mother: Mary Freeman (according to Doug Wollan)
Note: I have that James father Thomas Goodram/Goodrum, immigrant & indentured servant, married Mary Freeman, but have no documentation.
Possible Mother: Sarah "Sally" Goldsmith (also said to be James' mother)
Probable Mother: Susanna Pye Stonestreet (much conflict in the Pye and Stonestreet genealogies, but this woman did marry a James Goodrum in St. Mary's Co. (Charles Co.) MD at the right time. Marriage record exists.)

Spouse: Sarah “Sally” Jane or Frances Garner born: about 1763 in VA or May 1764 in Brunswick Co. VA, daughter of William Garner and Unknown.
Married: 03 Jun 1781 in Brunswick & Greenville Co., VA

"It is strongly believed that Bennett Goodrum and his family came (possibly by wagon train) to Sumner County, Tennessee along with his sister (Martha E.) and Collin Adams [not a proven relative of Jesse ADAMS]. At least many records are found there. Bennett did not remain long in Tennessee. He crossed the line into Kentucky and settled in the Goodrum settlement some on each side of the Allen-Warren County line, not too far from his brother, Thomas, in west part of Barren County, Ky."

On June 3, 1781 in Brunswick County, VA (on the NC border) Bennett married Sarah (Sally) Garner. She was the daughter of William Garner who served in the Rev. War in Bennett's Co. and Regiment. The book "Kentucky Sons of the Revolution Book 1913" lists warrants 3574 and 1772 to William Garner. So this shows Sally's father came to Kentucky also. Bennett died Sept. 18, 1823, Sally died Dec. 27, 1851, aged 87 years (monument). They were buried on what is known as "the old Cooksey place" near Allen Springs, Ky.


1. Mary "Polly" Goodrum (m. Johnson)
2. Nancy Mason Goodrum (m. Cooksey)
3. Elizabeth Goodrum (m. Jesse Adams son of Edmund Adams and Elizabeth Cooksey)
4. Margaret Ann Goodrum (m. Johnson)
5. John Jackson Goodrum
6. James Garner Goodrum
7. Sarah "Sally" Goodrum
8. Thomas Goldsmith Goodrum
9. Benjamin W. [Wiyett?] Goodrum
10. Martha Goodrum (m. Omohyndro/Mohundro)

Elizabeth GOODRUM
Born: 1788 in Fauquier Co., VA OR 1792 in Greensville Co., VA
Note: Goodrum Papers say 1788 in VA, third child of Bennett Goodrum and Sarah Garner, as they began their married life in Brunswick and Greensville Counties, VA.
Died: 1865 in Webster City, Hamilton Co., IA
Buried: Brock Farm Cemetery, Hamilton Co., IA

Father: Bennett GOODRUM born: about 1756 in Greensville, VA; died: 18 Sep 1823 in Warren Co., KY
Mother: Sarah Frances “Sally” GARNER born: Aug 1763 in MD or Brunswick VA [or Sarah Jane?]
Note: Interested in corresponding with any descendants of William Gardiner b. 10 Mar 1736 possibly in MD, migrated from Brunswick Co., VA in 1795 to Scott Co., KY, where he d. testate 15 Feb 1803. Possibly m. 4 times, 2ndly to Lucy Johnston (1781)& 4thly to Mary Samford (1787) in Brunswick Co., VA. He is found under the name Garner in Brunswick Co. Children were: Sally (wife of Bennett Goodrum), 1763-1851; Nancy (named as "Anne" in William's will) (wife of Peter Rogers of Clay Co., MO), 1781-1864; John, b. 1787; James, 1788-1874 (m. Sarah Downs Trimble & had issue), bur. Winchester, KS; William, b. 1790, m. Nancy Ragland; Jincy, b. 1792, m. 1819 William Stevenson; Mason, b. 1795, d. unm. 1824 Fayette Co., KY; Thomas, 1798-1891 (m/1, Martha Tilford, m/2, Mary Hymer; bur. Winchester, KS. William said to be a descendant of Lion Gardiner but have been unable to prove it despite years of research.

Spouse: Jessie ADAMS born: about 1789 in Brunswick Co., VA; died: 11 Mar 1844 in McLean Co., IL
Married: 29 Jan 1811 in Greensville Co., VA
Note: Tyler's Quarterly Magazine, p. 177 under Register of Marriage Bonds of Greenville County, Virginia 1809-1827: "Adams, Jesse & Elizabeth Goodrum, 29 Jan. 1811. Thomas Cookey [Cooksey?], Sec."

1.       Martha ADAMS born: 01 JAN 1812 in Brunswick Co. Virginia
2.       James William ADAMS born: 04 DEC 1814 in Warren Co., KY
3.       Mary Ann ADAMS born: 28 JUN 1816 in Warren Co., KY
4.       Elizabeth “Eliza” Ann Frances ADAMS born: 01 JUN 1818 in On Trammel Fork of Drakes Creek in Warren Co. Kentucky; spouse: Reverend, Doctor, James Starr RHODES
5.       Edmund ADAMS (II) born: 10 JUN 1820 in Warren Co., KY
6.       Jesse/Jessie ADAMS (II) born: 10 MAR 1822 in Warren Co., KY
7.       Thomas ADAMS born: 24 MAR 1824 in Warren Co., KY
8.       Mary Elizabeth ADAMS born: Sep 1825 in Warren Co., KY
9.       Wiyett ADAMS born: 01 FEB 1828 in Warren Co., KY
10.       Joseph ADAMS born: 10 JUN 1830 in Warren Co., KY
11.       Elias Henry ADAMS born: 22 FEB 1832 in Warren Co., KY

Spouse: Second: George W. SAMS

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