Biography of Lucius L. Goodale
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Goodale, Lucius L., Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam November 26, 1831. The earliest ancestor we find trace of in this family is the grandfather of our subject, Timothy Goodale, who was a native of Vermont and was one of the earliest settlers of the county. He took up land in Potsdam, where he spent the balance of his days. He married Lydia Smith, and they had four sons: Solomon, Chauncy, Cyrus and Timothy, and three daughters: Chloe, Matilda and Caroline. Chauncy, the second son and father of our subject, was born in New Hampshire January 11, 1799, and was a lad of only ten years when the family moved to Potsdam. He was educated in the common schools and taught successfully for about four years. Early in life he took up land and followed farming a few years and then learned the masons trade, in politics he was first a Whig and then an Abolitionist and Free soil party man. He married when about twenty five years of age, Hepsibah, daughter of Manasses and Bulah Sawyer. Manasses Sawyer was a native of Vermont, born March 28, 1759, and served as a soldier in the war of the Revolution eight years. Chauncy Goodale was the father of three children: Azubah, married Johnson W. Dayton of Potsdain, now deceased; Harriet W., who married William Lee of Potsdam, died January 10, 1862, and Lnoius L. The latter was educated in the common schools sod the old St. Lawrence Academy at Potsdnrn, and began teaching school when eighteen years of age in the town of Canton. He taught about five years in Fotsdam and in 1858 went to Illinois, where he taught two years, and returning, was principal of No. 8 school in Potsdam village nine years. On account of the death of his father, November 12, 1870, he was called to his home for a year, and the next two years he was principal of Norwood Union School. In the fall of 1875 he was elected school commissioner of the Third Assembly district of St. Lawrence county, and re-elected in 1878. At the expiration of his term as school commissioner he retired,. He was president of the St. Lawrence County Teachers' association for a number of years and is the present president of the St. Lawrence County Fire Relief association, He is a member of Potsdain Grange No, 39. Mr. Goodale married September 9, 1858, Myra A,, daughter of Deacon Ephriam Boynton and Alice Thurston. They are the parents of one daughter, Harriet Grace, a graduate of Potsdam State Normal School, class of '93, now taking a post-graduate course,

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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