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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Capt. John A. Goodgame is a merchant, farmer, and the postmaster at Holly Springs, Ark. This wide-awake and very successful business man owes his nativity to Bibb County, Ala., where he was born in 1828, and received his education in the common schools. He remained at home until 1851, and then emigrated to Holly Springs, Ark., where he was married, in 1852, to Miss Permelia E. Watkins, a native of Alabama, and the daughter of Harlan and Nancy Watkins, natives of Kentucky, where they were married. Her parents afterward emigrated to Alabama, where the father died a few years later. Mrs. Watkins was married again and removed to Mississippi, thence in 1853 to Dallas County, Ark., and during the war to Texas, where she died in 1884. Mr. Goodgame’s union was blessed by the birth of eight children, three sons and three daughters now living. Since his marriage Mr. Goodgame has lived in his present neighborhood on three different farms, and now has 100 acres. Since 1871, or for about ten years, he has been engaged in merchandising at Holly Springs, and for about eight years has been postmaster. During the late war he was about four years in the Confederate army, Company C, Thirty-third Arkansas Infantry, serving as lieutenant the first year, and then captain until the close of the war. He operated in Arkansas and Louisiana and fought at Prairie Grove, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Saline, etc. He surrendered at Marshall, Tex., in May, 1865, and returned home. He was formerly a Whig in politics, but is now a Democrat, and his first presidential vote was cast for Gen. Scott in 1852. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1862, St. John’s Lodge No. 38, and has been a member of the temperance order of P. of H. He and his wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1855. His parents, James and Telitha C. (Cobb) Goodgame, were born in Georgia in 1799, and South Carolina, in 1808, respectively. They were married in Bibb County, Ala., where they resided until about 1834, and then removed to Talladega, thence to Coosa County, where Mr. Goodgame died in 1884. The mother is still living, and has been a member of the Baptist Church for many years. The paternal grandfather, John Goodgame, was born in Georgia and died in Talladega County, Ala. Mr. Goodgame was of English-Irish descent, but the ancestors were early settlers in America, and was a soldier in the Creek War. He was a farmer. The paternal grandmother of our subject, whose maiden name was Sarah E. Crockett, was a second cousin of David Crockett, and was born in Georgia, and died in Alabama when about seventy-five years of age. She was a member of the Baptist Church. The maternal grandfather, Alexander Cobb, was born in South Carolina and died in Bibb County, Ala. He was a soldier in the war with the Indians.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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