The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


GOODRICH, Charles F. - Edmeston

Among the early pioneers of this county may be mentioned 
the GOODRICH family. The grandfather of the subject of 
this sketch, Hubbard Goodrich, was a native of Pittsfield, Mass., 
and married Miss Susan Graves, a native of the same State. 
They had eight children,- six sons and two daughters,- and 
Alpheus, one of their sons, was the father of Chas. F. Mr. 
Hubbard Goodrich and family emigrated to Otsego County and 
settled in the town of Pittsfield about 1793. He was one of 
the very earliest settlers of that town, and, with Dr. Cone 
and others of his native place, named and organized it. 
He was a farmer by occupation, and reared his family to 
industry and frugality. Later in life he removed to Otselic, 
Chenango Co., where he continued to reside until his death.
Alpheus was born in Pittsfield, Mass., Nov. 29, 1789, and 
consequently was about four years of age when his parents 
removed to this county. His advantages for education were 
very limited, as in those early days every one had to do what 
he could to aid in supporting the family. He was reared a 
farmer, and at one time was the owner of some 371 acres 
of good land. He married Miss Ruey FAIRCHILD, a 
native of Fairfield Co., Conn., about 1810. She was born 
about 1794, and they had four children,- three sons and 
one daughter. The daughter died while yet an infant, but 
the sons are still living, namely, Alpheus D., David F., and 
Chas. F. In politics Mr. Alpheus Goodrich was a Whig 
and Republican. He died Jan. 28, 1852, and Mrs. 
Goodrich died Feb. 23, 1858. Chas. F. is of English 
origin, his ancestors having emigrated from England 
previous to the Revolution and settled in Connecticut. 
They espoused the cause of the colonists, and were strong
advocates of the independence of the colonies. It is 
related that three brothers came over, and one of them 
returned for their property, but never was heard from. 
Chas. F. was born Feb. 23, 1818, in Pittsfield, Otsego Co., 
N.Y., and settled on his present farm, with his parents, 
in 1822. He has continued to reside here every since. 
He was married to Miss Martha P. WINN, a daughter of 
Eliphalet and Lydia WINN, Aug. 22, 1847. She was born 
in Lee, Oneida Co., N.Y., Aug. 4, 1830. Her father was 
a native of Connecticut, and her mother of Schenectady. 
By this happy union of Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich six children 
were born,- one son and five daughters,- namely, Mary I., 
Josephine C., Emogene, Ella A., Chas. A., and Mattie W. 
Emogene died at the age of nine.
Mr. Goodrich is the owner of the "old homestead" of 371 
acres, a fine view of which may be seen elsewhere, and 
portraits of himself and wife above. In politics he has 
always been identified with the interests of the Republican 
party, and is a life-reader of Mr. Greeley's New York 
Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich are members of the Universalist
society of Edmeston Centre.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 149


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