He was born in 1833/34 (10 (27 in 1861), 12 [26 in 1860]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10, 12).
On 17 May 1857, he was married to Sarah Miller, by Reverend George Chandler (of the First Presbyterian Church, Kensington, Philadelphia) (15). They had two children (15):
In 1860, he was living in the 19th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was a brickmaker (12). He was living with Sarah Goodwin (presumably his wife) and William (perhaps his brother?), along with Henry and Sarah Sachenheimer (12).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, light eyes, and dark hair (10).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 19 November 1861 (1, 10, 15 [mustered in 25 November]). He was enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by C L Zinn (10). He was mustered in company H (1) as a teamster (15, 21). He had gun number 91 (10).
On 23 July 1862 (or possibly 25 July), Sergeant George Finney (H) ordered him to guard John Mann, while Finney had Lieutenant Dyke order him to be held in the guard house (19). Goodwin apparently went to get his sidearm, which allowed Mann to start walking away (19).
He was on duty at slave pen in Alexandria, Virginia on 8 August 1862, when E Carroll Brewster was arrested for being drunk on duty (11). He testified that Brewster was not drunk at about 1 o'clock (three or four hours before he was relieved) (11).
On 26 September 1863, he was reported returned from hospital for duty (5).
On 10 December 1863, the regiment reported he had been sent to the Division Hospital (6).
He died of typhoid fever, on 10 December 1863, in the Division Hospital, at Bealton Station, Virginia (1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 20). Lieutenant Joseph Jones was present at his illness and death, and also attended his burial services (15). He was buried in Philadelphia National Cemetery (2, 14 [Mechanics Cem], 20 [Philadelphia Nat'l Cem]). A headstone was produced by Gross Brother Lee Massachusetts; the contract was dated 1 June 1890 (2). He was a sergeant in company H (1, 6, 21; the interment index (2) claims he was a private).
His widow, Sarah Goodwin, applied successfully for a pension on 14 January 1864 (3, 13, 15). Her post office address was Cumberland, 4th door above Amber Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). Her pension was approved on 29 July 1864, retroactive to 10 December 1863 (15). She initially received $8.00 per month (15).
On 14 September 1866, she applied for, and received, an additional $2 per month for each child under 16 years of age, beginning 25 July 1866 (15). Her post-office address was 519 Adams Street, Philadelphia (15).
In 1870, his widow, Sarah Goodwin, was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16). She was living with their children George and John (16).
In 1880, his widow, Sarah Goodwin, was living at 1932 Titan Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17). She was living with their children George and John, who were both laborers (17).
Her pension was increased to $12.00 per month, beginning 19 March 1886 (15). Her post-office address was then 1929 Wharton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15).
In 1900, his widow, Sarah Goodwin, was probably living at 1552 South Capitol Street, ward 3Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18). She was living with her son John and a lodger (18).
His widow, Sarah Goodwin, died on 13 May 1906 (15).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster.)
2 Philadelphia National Cemetery, interment index (searched 2 November 2000)
3 Veterans' administration. Pension index, by name. (Searched 13 Jan 2001, at Ancestry.) (John Goodwin)
4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863
5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 26 September 1863 (Sergt Goodwin [?])
6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 10 December 1863 (J Goodwin)
7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 11 December 1863 (Lig [??] Goodwin)
8 company H, register of deaths (John Goodwin)
9 company H, list of non-commissioned officers (John Goodwin)
10 company H, descriptive roll, #79 (John Goodwin)
11 court-martial record, E Carroll Brewster (Corporal John Goodwin)
12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 456 = 456 handwritten (John Goodwin)
13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (John Goodwin)
14 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 10 December 1863 (John Goodwin)
15 widow's certificate file (from Footnote), certificate 27,540 (John Goodwin)
16 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 83rd district, post office Station E Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1412, page 95 = 39 handwritten (Sarah Goodwin)
17 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 563, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 707 = 25 A handwritten (Sarah Goodwin)
18 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 36, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 925, microfilm series T623, film 1477, page 91 = 5 A handwritten (Sarah Goodwin)
19 National Archives and Records Administration. Record Group 153. Court-martial case file KK-213, John Mann (Corporal Goodwin)
20 Find a grave, memorial 2542079, imported from US Veteran's Affairs, 3 March 2000, accessed 15 February 2011 (John Goodwin)
21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Goodwin)
|Name||Henry Sachenheimer||Sarah||John Goodwin||Sarah||William|
|Occupation||Segar Maker||Brick Maker|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate|
|Place of birth||Phila||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Real estate value|
|Personal estate value||100|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|street name||Titan Street|
|dwelling visit #||226|
|family visit #||238|
|name||Goodwin Sarah||George W||John W|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|school this year|
|name||Goodwin Sarah||- John W.||Baker William|
|birth date||Nov 1837||May 1865||Mar 1870|
|# years married|
|mother of how many children?||3|
|# of children living||2|
|# years in USA|
|# months not employed||0||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged|
|# of farm schedule|
Brief in the case of Sarah Goodwin widow of John Goodwin Sergt. Co. "H." 91. Pa. Vols.Philadelphia County, and State of Pennsylvania, Pa.
1. Authenticated copy of church record, showing marriage (May 17 /57.) Declaration + its affidavits showing widowhood, + that soldier left one child, whose name + date of birth are given.
2. Adjt. Genl's report, showing muster as Teamster, November 25. 1861.
3. Same report, showing him a "Sergt. Died from disease at Bealton Va. December 10. 1863." Certfct. of 2. Lieut. showing death, time + place aforesaid, "of disease supposed Typhoid fever contracted in service." Surgeon Genl. can furnish no report.
4. Jos. E. Dewitt. + Co. Attys. Phila. Pa.
Admitted July 29., 1864, to a Pension of $8 00 per month, commencing December 10, 1863.Jas. E. Dewitt + Co.
On this twenty eigth day of December A.D. 1863, personally appeared before me Fred. G. Wolbert Prothy. Sarah Goodwin a resident of Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania aged 24 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the Act of Congress approved July 14th, 1862: That she is the Widow of John Goodwin who was a Sergeant in Company "H" commanded by [blank] in the 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania vols in the War of 1861, who died December 10 /63 @ Division Hosp. near Bealeton [sic] Va suddenly She further declares that she was married to the said John Goodwin on the 17th day of May A.D. 1857: that her husband, the aforesaid John Goodwin died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period. That deceased soldier left one childGeorge H. Goodwin Born November 23rd 1860.
As will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided, or abetted, the rebellion in the United States. That her post office address is Cumberland St [??] 4th door above Amber Phila Pa.
Sworn and subscribed to before me, the day and year above written, the contents having first been made known unto her by me.Fred G. Wolbert
Also personally appeared Patrick Flynn and Ann Campbell residents of Philadelphia Pa persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Sarah Goodwin make her mark to the foregoing declaration, and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim, that they have known claimant respectively 20 and 2 years knew her husband and knew them as man and wife that deceased soldier left one child whose name and age is correctly stated as is also her Post Office Address.Patrick Flynn
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of December A.D. 1863, the contents having first been made known unto them by me: and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.Fred G. Norbert
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 42823, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that John Goodwin was enrolled on the 20th day of November, 1861, at Philadelphia in Co. H, 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years, ['or during the war,' is crossed out] and mustered into service as a Teamster on the 25th day of November, 1861, at Philadelphia, in Co. H, 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years, unless sooner discharged ['or during the war' is crossed out']. On the Muster Roll of Co. H of that Regiment, for the months of November and December, 1863, he is reported a "Sergt, Died from Disease at Bealton Va December 10th 1863" Nature of Disease not stated
I am, sir, very respectfully,Your obedient servant,
On this Eighth day of January 1864 personally appeared before me F Campbell a notary public in and for the City and State aforesaid, Rev. William T Eva, resident of said city who being affirmed according to law, declares that the foregoing is a true copy from the record of marriages of the First Presybterian Church Kensington Philadelphia that said records are in his custody and possession, and that said extracts and copy was [sic] made by him, and in his own proper handwriting, and he declares that he is a disinterested witness.William T. Eva
Affirmed to and subscribed before me on the day and year aforesaid, and I CERTIFY, That the affiant is a credible person, well known to me, and a minister in good standing in said church and that I have no interest in the claim of Sarah Goodwin for PensionF Campbell
SIR: I have the honor to report that the above-named pensioner who was last paid at $12, to May 4, 1906, has been dropped because of death, on May 13, 1906.
Very respectfully,J. S. [??] Nickel
NOTE.--Every name dropped is to be thus reported at once, and when cause of dropping is death, state date of death when known.o-9
I HEREBY CERTIFY the above to be a true and correct copy of the original Family Record, produced before me this 12 day of January 1864.
Witness my hand and official seal,F Campbell
On this 14th day of September A.D. 1866, before me, a Prothonatory of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County and State above-named, personally appeared Sarah Goodwin a resident of Philadelphia County of Philadelphia State of Pennsylvania aged 28 years, who being duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the 2d section of the Act of Congress increasing the pensions of widows and orphans, approved July 25, 1866; that she is the widow of John Goodwin who was a Sergeant in Company "H" commanded by Capt. Joseph Clauson of the 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, in the war of 1861, and that by reason of his death in the service aforesaid, she has been granted a pension of eight dollars per month in accordance with the certificate, numbered 27.540 bearing date on the Second day of August 1864, and that she is a Pensioner of the United States, duly enrolled at the Pension Agency at Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania. She further swears that she has the following named children of her deceased husband and herself, under Sixteen years of age, who are now living. That the following are the names, dates of birth, and present place of residence, of all of the children of her deceased husband and herself, who are now under sixteen years of age, who reside with her and are all the children of claimant by the deceased soldier.John William Goodwin born May 10th 1864
That deceased soldier left no other child or children by any former marriage, that there is no public or church record of the birth of the child George W. Goodwin. That she surrenders the aforesaid Pension Certificate, No. 27.540. She further declares that she has not remarried since the death of her husband, nor has she abandoned the support of any one of the child [sic] above named, nor permitted any one of the same to be adopted by any other person or persons as his, her or their child. That she hereby constitutes and appoints JOSEPH E. DEVITT & CO., No. 427 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa., her true and lawful attorneys, and authorizes them to present and prosecute this claim, and to receive and receipt for all orders or certificates that may be issued in consequence thereof, hereby revoking all Powers of Attorney, if any, heretofore given by her for a like purpose. Her Post-office address is 519 Adams St Philadelphia .Sarah Goodwin
Also personally appeared before me, at the time and place aforesaid Jane Burt a resident of Philadelphia, and Anna M. Tilburn of resident of Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia State of Pennsylvania whom I certify to be credible persons, who being duly sworn according to law, declare, each for themselves that they well know Sarah Goodwin widow of John Goodwin
deceased. That they were present and saw Sarah Goodwin make her mark to the foregoing declaration, that they have been acquainted with the said applicant and the said deceased for 3 and 5 years respectively, and have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and believe the foregoing statement relative to the names, birth, and ages of the children of deceased husband and herself, to be true and correct, and that the said statement is believed to be true and correct by the community in which they resided, and know that the children within named are all the children of claimaint by the deceased soldier who left no other children by any former marriage. That she is still remaining the widow of the said John Goodwin.
They further swear that they have no interest in this claim, either present or prospective, and that they are not concerned, directly or indirectly, in its prosecution, and that deceased soldier left no other child or children by any former marriageJane Burt
Sworn and subscribed to before me, this 14th day of September 1866; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. That I believe the affiants to be credible persons. And that the contents of the above was made known and explained to applicant and witnesses before signing.Fred. G. Wolbert Prothy.
NOTE.--Must be sworn to before a Judge or Clerk of a Court of Record. If before a Judge, the Clerk must certifify that he is a Judge, and that his signature is genuine. The signature must be authenticated by Clerk and sealed.
On this sixth day of December 1866 before me a Justice of the peace in and for the County and State aforesaid, personally appeared Ann Witcraft a resident [crossed out: 'and practising Physician'] in said County and State, who being by me duly Sworn according to law, doth depose and say, that she attended professionally on Mrs. Sarah Goodwin, as Nurse, wife of John Goodwin on the 23d day of November 1860 when she was delivered of a male child, named George W. Goodwin and further that she has no interest in the claim of Mrs. Sarah Goodwin for Increase of PensionAnn Witcraft
Sworn and subscribed to before me the day and year first above written, the contents being made known before signing. I certify the affiant to be a credible person and a nurse of skill and reputation, and that I have no interest in the claim of Mrs. Sarah Goodwin for Increase of PensionJacob Brigan [??], J.P.
|Name||Date of Birth||Date of Baptism||Parents [sic] Names||Officiating Clergyman|
|John William||May 10th 1864||December 4th 1864||John + Sarah Goodwin||John Allen [???]|
On this Twentieth day of September 1866 personally appeared before me James E. Wood an Alderman in and for the City and State aforesaid, Vaughan Smith, a Minister of the Gospel and resident of said City who being sworn according to law, declares that the foregoing is a true copy from the record of Summerfield M.E. Church of which said Vaughan Smith is the Pastor that said records are in his custody and possession, and that said extract and copy was made by him, and in his own proper handwriting, and he declares that he is a disinterested witnessVaughan Smith,
Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year aforesaid, and I CERTIFY, That the affiant is a credible person, well known to me, and a Citizen in good standing in said City and that I have no interest in the claim of Said Parties for PensionJames E. Wood
|Abandonment or adoption.||No abandonment +c. duly averred.|
|Date of Marriage of Parents.||May 17. 1857.|
|Names and dates of birth of children.||George W. Goodwin, born November 23 1860 who will be 16 years old November 22, 1876
John W. ", " May 10 1864 " " May 9, 1880
|Proof of ages.||As to the first: affidavit of nurse present at birth.
" " " 2d Copy of Curch baptismal record verified by affidavit of custodian.
|Only children||As per both applications. The younger born since original application made.|
|Agent, and his P.O. address.||Jos E. Devitt + Co. No 427 Walnut St. Phila. Pa.|
Issue certificate for -8- dollars per month, commencing December 10, 1863, and two dollars per month additional for each of the above-named children, commencing - 25th day of July, 1866, deducting former payments.Chas. T. Cotton, Examiner.