Biography of Jonas Goodman
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

JONAS GOODMAN, president of the board of trustees of Green township, and one of the representative men of this part of Mahoning County, re sides on his well cultivated farm of 182 acres, which is situated in section 8. Mr. Goodman was born January 31, 1845, in Green township, Mahoning County, Ohio, and is a son of William and Julia A. (Smith) Goodman.

The parents of Mr. Goodman were natives of Ohio and his father was an early settler in Green township, where he died in 1851. Of the children born to William and Julia Goodman, five survive, as follows: Hannah, who married Joseph Knauf, residing in Ellsworth township; Catharine, who married Jacob Dustman, residing in Berlin township; Amelia, residing in Ashtabula County, Ohio; Jonas, whose name begins this sketch; and Eli, residing in Green township.

Jonas Goodman attended the public schools of Green township in his boyhood and enjoyed equal advantages with children of his own age in this section. From youth he performed the tasks that usually fall to boys on a farm, and became thoroughly trained in all that pertains to practical farming. For a number of years following his marriage, he farmed in Butler township, Columbiana County, and then returned with his family to Mahoning County, and settled on the farm on which he has resided for over a quarter of a century.

On February 5, 1874, Mr. Goodman was married to Sarah M. Woolf, who was born July 5, 1853, in Columbiana County, Ohio. and is a daughter of Samuel and Eliza (Metz) Woolf, the former of whom was born in Columbiana County and the latter in Stark County, Ohio. Adam Woolf, the grandfather of Mrs. Goodman, was born in Butler township and was a son of Jacob Woolf, who was a pioneer in Columbiana County.

Mr. and Mrs. Goodman have had five children, the four survivors being as follows: Hattie C., who married John Weaver, residing in Green township; Celesta B., who is a teacher in the public schools of Green township; Belva M., who married Richard Godward, residing in Green township; and Rachel, residing at home.

In his political convictions Mr. Goodman is a stanch Republican. He has always taken a prominent part in township matters pertaining to education and good government, has served on the school board and for some years has been a township trustee, at present being the presiding officer of the board.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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