|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1783|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 1861|
the eldest child of Conrad and Elizabeth (Scherer) Goodner, was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, December 17th, 1783. While a very young lad, before the year 1790, his parents moved with some other families from Guilford County to Sullivan County, Tennessee, just then in the process of settlement and thus a very frontier–like country. His father purchased land there and improved it, remaining there until the latter part of 1804 or the early part of 1805, when he removed to Smith County, Tennessee.
His schooling, such as was then possible, was obtained in the backwoods schools of Sullivan County. Mostly he helped his father on the farm, and probably served an apprenticeship with someone to learn the trade of tanner, since that was the profession he followed all his life, together with that of farming.
A few years after the family moved to Smith County, an September 10th, 1807, he married Martha Stewart, born April 27th, 1784, of parentage not presently known. John, at the date of his marriage, lacked a few months of being 24 years of age. In August, of the following year, their first child was born, whom they named Cyrus. The second child, Elizabeth, followed on January 6th, 1810, and on August 7th, 1811, a second son was born, Jacob. In all eleven children were born to Martha and John, all in Smith County. In 1813, John was drafted into the US Army to fight against the Creek Indians, but he, because of his young family, found it inexpedient to go, and so hired his brother, James, as a substitute, paying him fifteen dollars a month, in addition to which James received his army pay.
John remained in the Carthage area until the year 1836, when the Ocoee lands in Bradley County, Tennessee, were thrown open for settlement, after the removal of the Cherokee Indians by the Government. He then sold his farm and tannery near Carthage and bought a good farm in the northern part of Bradley County, which some years later he sold to his son, John. He remained on this place and continued his tannery, the sinking of which was his very first project after purchase, for quite a few years. After he sold the place to John, he removed to the Chestuee Creek area in the same county, where he spent the remainder of his days, passing away on January 1st 1861, just at the beginning of the momentous events that were to render the nation asunder for four dark years. He was 77 years of age at his death. Martha had died a few years previously, November 17th, 1859. John lies buried in the New Friendship Cemetery in Chatata Valley, about six miles from the city of Cleveland, Tennessee.
Conrad Goodner (1756 - 1837)
Elizabeth Scherrer Goodner (1765 - 1839)
Jacob Goodner (1811 - 1886)*
Martha Goodner York (1821 - 1903)*
John Goodner (1783 - 1861)
David Goodner (1788 - 1848)*
Benjamin Goodner (1795 - 1863)*
Elijah Goodner (1804 - 1892)*
New Friendship Cemetery
Created by: Michael Stephen Jackson
Record added: Oct 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60735811
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