Saturday, February 26, 2011

Surname Saturday - Goodloe

John Emerson Goodloe and Eliza Ann Dobyns

John Emerson "Jack" Goodloe was born on 25 Mar 1811 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. He was the son of Henry Lewis Goodloe and Elizabeth Berry. Henry and Betsey had moved to Hopkins County sometime between 1801 and 1810 after being married in Clark County, Kentucky.

Very little is known about Eliza Ann Dobyns except that her parents were Edward Dobyns and Sarah Mott. They had moved to Hopkins County from Virginia before 1810 so Eliza was probably born in Hopkins County. Edward died there in 1817 leaving Sarah with six children who were all under 21 years old.

Jack and Eliza were married on 5 Oct 1836 in Hopkins County. They had four children and Eliza died between 1846 and 1848. Their youngest child was born in 1846 so it's possible that Eliza died from complications due to child birth. Eliza's burial place is unknown but it is very likely somewhere in Grapevine Cemetery in Hopkins County where most all of the Goodloes were buried. Jack's father actually donated the land for the Grapevine Church and cemetery. One of Henry's grandchildren was said to be the first person buried there. 

Jack married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pettus on 2 Jan 1849 in Hopkins County and they had two children. Jack died on 17 Apr 1899 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery. Based on newspaper clippings, Lizzie had a close relationship with her step-children. Several years after Jack's death she was even referred to as Isabella Jane's mother in one of those clips. Lizzie died on 24 Jun 1909 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery. 

Jack and Eliza's children:
Isabella Jane was born on 27 Jan 1838 in Hopkins County. She was married there three times. She married Albert Hankins on 24 Oct 1855 and they had four children. Albert apparently died and she married Thomas G. Yates on 3 Jan 1874. It's unclear what happened to Thomas but she married Thomas K. DeVault on 23 Nov 1879. Isabella died on 23 Jul 1905 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Elizabeth was born about 1843 in Hopkins County. She died on 18 Jul 1858 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Mary Waller was born on 25 Sep 1843 in Hopkins County. She married John Sandford Offutt on 8 Dec 1859 and they had three children. Mary died on 10 Oct 1868 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Thomas Henry was born on 13 Dec 1846 in Hopkins County. He married Martha E. Sick on 31 Dec 1874 and they had one daughter. Thomas died on 18 Jul 1925 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.


Jack and Eliza were my 3rd great-grandparents through their daughter, Isabella Jane. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family leave a comment here or e-mail me

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