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Goodwin Cemetery
Peoria County
Illinois  USA

Cemetery notes and/or description:
The Goodwin family cemetery is located in the southwest quarter of section nine, Hollis township on private property. Permission from the landowner is needed to go there. This southwest quarter was a United States land grant by purchase to Joseph Goodwin. Joseph had applied for this land under a preemption claim in 22 June 1838. Immediately after getting title to this land (on 21 September 1838), Joseph deeded 120 acres to his brother David Goodwin on 25 Sept 1838. Joseph died 28 Oct 1843 and David purchased the part held by Joseph at public auction 1 February 1845 as part of Joseph's estate settlement. David held this land until an unknown date in the late 1880s.
Buried in the cemetery with a gravestone are three children of David P. & Catherine Goodwin, a son of David Goodwin. There is a strong possibility that adult Goodwins, who were living on and probably died on the Goodwin farm, are also buried there. These are Joseph and his wife Sarah, David and his wife Ruth and Mary Goodwin the mother of Joseph and David. Also possibly buried there is Levi Goodwin the father of Joseph and David. Records on Levi are few, but he is supposed to have come to Illinois before his death and this is the likeliest place. Another possibility of burial in the Goodwin cemetery is Fidel Hoferer, son in law to David. Fidel died in February, 1880 in Hollis Township and he was most likely at David's household when he died. Supporting this is the fact that Fidel's widow and child was in David Goodwin's household in June of 1880 at census time.
I visited the cemetery in April 2010 and took photographs. While there I noticed that there is a tiger lily patch around the stones and another slightly to the south. Between the tiger lily patches are two "rows" of cedar trees. Three were alive and three were dead. Both the tiger lilies and the cedars appear to be cemetery plantings and the spacing on the cedars makes them appear to be planted as grave markers.
On 24 December 2010 I was told there had been a seventh cedar tree in this cemetery and it was cut down to be used as a Christmas tree. If this is correct, the number of cedars matches the number of suspected adult burials. At the same time I was given unconfirmed information that an infant child of John & Cecil Gerdes was also buried in Goodwin Cemetery around 1920. As this is unconfirmed, I have not made a memorial, just noted it here.
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Goodwin Cemetery
Added by: Alva Van Houten
Goodwin Cemetery
Added by: Alva Van Houten
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