The late David Goughnour, for many years successfully identified with the agricultural interests of Jefferson county
where he was numbered among the highly esteemed citizens, was born in Cambia county, Pennsylvania, on the 30th
of July, 1836. His parents were David and Mary (Fox) Goughnour, natives of Pennsylvania, the father of Dutch extraction
and the mother of Irish. They came to Iowa with their parents when children. being reared to maturity near Libertyville,
Jefferson county, where they were later married. There the father followed the trade of millwright until 1849 when
he joined them goldseekers and went to California. After spending three years in prospecting he started homeward,
but contracted cholera while enroute and passed away at Memphis, Tennessee. His wife then removed to Polk county,
this state, where she resided thereafter, her death occurring at Elkhart in 1872.
The early years in the life of David Goughnour were not unlike those of the majority of lads reared in the country
at that period. In pursuit of an education he attended the district schools until he had mastered the common branches,
during which time his energies were also devoted to the work of the fields. After his marriage he went to Dallas
county, Iowa, where for two years he operated a mill for his brother Manuel. At the expiration of that time he
decided to return to farming and purchased fifty seven acres of land in Polk county. Cultivating his farm for six
years he disposed of it and acquired some prairie land upon which he resided for a similar period. Selling this
property he located near Altoona, where he lived for nine years, when he returned to Jefferson county. settling
on a farm southeast of Batavia in Des Moines township. He successfully engaged in the operation of this place for
fourteen years, but owing to the state of his health in 1905 was forced to withdraw from active farming and removed
to Batavia. There he continued to reside until his death on the 19th of December, 1908. He is survived by his widow
who still makes her home in Batavia. Ever loyal and public spirited, when the call came for troops, in 1864, Mr.
Goughnour responded, enlisting at Davenport, and going to the front with Company F, Third Iowa Volunteer Cavalry.
He saw much active service, participating in many of the hard campaigns during the closing months of the war, having
been for three months at one time in the saddle almost continuously, just snatching such rest as he could at rare
intervals. After he was mustered out he returned to Jefferson county, where he resided until after his marriage.
Mr. Goughnour married on the 14th of March, 1867, Miss Lovina Haney. Mrs. Goughnour was born on a farm near Dayton,
Montgomery county, Ohio, her parents being Daniel and Susan (Rodabaugh) Haney. natives of Pennsylvania, of German
extraction. Mr. and Mrs. Haney removed with their parents during childhood to Ohio, where they were later married,
continuing to be residents of the Buckeye state until 1855. In the latter year they came to Iowa, locating on a
farm west of Birmingham, Jefferson county, where they resided for six years. At the expiration of that period they
removed to Whitfield and there he continued to follow agricultural pursuits until his death. The mother survived
for six years thereafter, her demise occurring on the home farm. Eight children were born to the marriage of Mr.
and Mrs. Goughnour. Daniel E., who is the marshal of Byron, Illinois, and also manager of the City Electric Light
& Water Company, married Mary Dillon of Byron, and they have two children, Vinson and Dorothy. Sarah, the wife
of William Stebleton, a farmer of North Dakota, has seven children: Ethel, Cletis, Harvey, Hazel, Floyd, George
and Leslie. Henry, who was the third in order of birth, died at the age of two years and six months. Mina, the
wife of Charles Smith, a farmer living three miles south of Batavia, has a son and a daughter, Russell and Mabel.
Annie died at the age of nine years and ten months. Carrie, is the widow of William Boysel, a farmer who lived
south of Batavia. Mary, who was the youngest daughter, died at the age of four years and four days. Wilson, who
is the eighth member of the family, remains at home.
An earnest Christian, Mr. Goughnour was always an active member of the Brethren church of Batavia, with which organization
Mrs. Goughnour is also identified. Politically he was a republican, and served on the district school boards in
both Polk and Jefferson counties. He was a man of energetic and forceful character whose influence was ever exerted
in support of all that was best in forwarding the interests of the community in which he resided and in whose development
he ever took an earnest and helpful part.
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Jefferson County, IA
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