One of my great-grandfathers was a Goodman
and I followed his family line back to John Goodman who was born in around
1799 in Everton, Bedfordshire. His wife is as yet unknown to me but they had
four children who were all born in the village of Potton in Bedfordshire and
they were William (1821), Maria M (1825), John F (1830) and Susannah (1832).
William Goodman who was born in around 1821 married Ann Clarke in Bedford in
1842 and they lived in Blunham in Bedfordshire where they had the following
children. Elizabeth (1840), John Henry/Harry (1844), Amelia (1849), William
(1851), Agnes Maria (1853), Georgina (1855), Robert (1858) and Edward (1863).
John Henry Goodnam became both a butcher and publican and he married Mary Ann
Woodward in Blunham in 1864. Their children were born in a number of areas
including Blunham, Hatfield in Middlesex and and Newport Pagnell, Bucks where
the family later moved to.
The children of John and Mary Ann were Sarah Elizabeth (1867),
William/Wilfred Henry (1871), Thomas Edwin/Edward (1873), Maria A (1875) and
Annie Georgina (1879).
Thomas Edward Goodman who was born in 1873 became an apprentice butcher but
later 'ran away with the gypsies' after meeting Romany Reservoi Smith. They married
in Bedford in 1893 and had 12 surviving children, one of whom was my
great-grandfather Ted (Edward) Goodman. He married Ethel Louise Bennett in Newport
Pagnell in 1925.
Thomas and Reservoi eventually stopped travelling and settled in the vardo
(caravan) in New Bradwell, Buckinghamshire where they began a scrap-yard and
horse dealing business. Their offspring eventually settled in Newport
Pagnell, Bradwell and Stony Stratford.
This is a picture of Thomas Edward Goodman (1873) who married into the Smith
Click on the photo to see a larger version.
Everton-cum-Tetworth is in the Tetworth Parish and has existed in both Huntingdonshire
Potton is a market town in the Parish of Biggleswade in Beds.
Blunham is also formerly a market town in the Beds Biggleswade
Parish, containing the hamlet of Moggerhanger.
Ted & Peck Goodman