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Goodrum Family of VA and KY
Posted by: Betty Raines Date: March 27, 1999 at 08:16:14
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I don't have the source of the following, but thought it needed to be on this page as it could be of help to many.

The Goodrum Family of Virginia and Kentucky
Contributed by Mrs. De Forrest C. Parrott (at the bottom of the page is page 84 1973 V9-2).

"A family of five sons and one daughter of a Goodrum family came from England and settled in Brunswick County, Virginia. Swem's Index of Virginia lists only this one early family. The sons served in the American Revolution and all received military grants except my ancestor, Bennett Goodrum. His wife stated she saw his records many times but they were lost in a house fire. Because of this (possibly?) the claimed Bennett's service was lost so the wife did not receive a pension or grant. One brother, John Goodrum, rec'd a military grant in Va. and this grew into 1000 acres and was known as "Cedar Lawn" - located west of Emporia, Virginia. The retired Court Clerk who did the searching of records for me now lives on this old plantation purchased from descendants of John.
Thomas Goodrum, one of the 5 sons, received a military grant in Barren County, Kentucky. (The writer said she had military and grant records). The one daughter of this early family (Martha E.) married Nov. 21, 1803 in Greensville County, Va. to Collin Adams. It is strongly believed that Bennett Goodrum and his large family came (possibly wagon train) to Sumner Cunty, Tennessee along with his sister and Collin Adams. At least many records are found there. But 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.

Bennett Goodrum of Virginia and Kentucky
(writer says this was her gggrandfather)
Born possibly around 1760 in England. Bennett died in Warren County, Ky. Sept. 18, 1823. Bennett served in Rev. War 1780-'81, a volunteer under Capt. James Mason - and he was in several battles among them Battle of Guilford Courthouse. They claim his service was lost so he did not receive pension or grant as his brothers did. The Brunswick and Greensville County, Va. tax books lists many deeds for Bennett in both counties. On June 3, 1781 in Brunswick Co., VA. Bennett was married to Sarah (Sally) Garner, (writer said she had a copy of Sally's pension application in which she states she was 18 years old the following August of that year.) so she married at 17 yrs. of age. Sally was a daughter of Wm. Garner who served in Rev. War in Bennett's Co. & Reg. The book Kentucky Sons of Revolution Year Book 1913 lists Warrants 3574 and 1772 to William Garner. So this shows Sally's father came to Kentucky, also. Bennett Goodrum died Sept. 18, 1823. Sally died Dec. 27, 1851, aged 87 years (monument). They were buried on what is known by kinfolk as "the old Cooksey place" near Allen Springs, Kentucky. My double cousin Mr. Carlisle Kirby has visited this spot. There is a marker for Sally, but none for Bennett, however Cousin Carlisle says Bennett's grave space can be plainly seen beside Sally. Bennett and Sally had 10 children. Cousin Carlisle and I spent a great many years getting this record together but at last success. We are both direct descendants of Bennett."

Mrs. Parrott goes on to list the children of Bennett and Sally Goodrum. Hopefully, this information can help fellow researchers.

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