Biography of Jesse Goodwin

Jesse Goodwin, born April 22, 1781, married Dolly Watkins, of Canandaigua, who was born April 14, 1790. Mr. Goodwin emigrated from New England as early as 1812, and drove the first stage coach through from Canandaigua to Buffalo, loaded with army officers, just before Buffalo was burned. He was in the employ of Mr. Powell, proprietor of the stage line, as a driver several years. In 1817 he settled in Riga, where he made himself and family a good home. In 1850 he and his son James M. sold the homestead in Riga and removed to the northwest part of the town of Byron, where he spent the remainder of his long life. He died March 18, 1867, aged 86 years. His son, James M. Goodwin, has added to the farm of 190 acres from time to time, until he now has one of the best farms in Genesee County, of about 400 acres. October 28, 1858, he married Ellen M., daughter of Zeno S. Terry, and they have a son, Charles T., and a daughter, Jenny L., who reside with their parents.

FROM: Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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