Alden and Sarah Goodwin were married in Chelsea, Vermont on April 8, 1852. Alden was a carriage maker, in business with several other men in Chelsea. In March of 1863, a dispute over a land purchase resulted in the Vermont Supreme Court hearing the case Alden Spiller v, C.H. Scribner. Alden Spiller had purchased a section of land next to Scribner's homestead. The two men agreed on the property line before the purchase, and built a fence there. Scribner later had the land surveyed, and tried to claim part of the land on Alden's side of the fence. The Court ruled in Alden Spiller's favor because he had made the land purchase based on Scribner's original representation of the property line.
On December 30, 1863, Alden mustered in as a Private in Company I of the 9th Regiment, Vermont Infantry.
The memorial in Old Cemetery is a cenotaph. Alden is interred at Hampton National Cemetery.
A Member of
Co I 9th Vt Vols
at the US Gen. Hospital
Jan 6, 1865