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Title: Abner Goodwine
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There can be no impropriety in scanning the acts of any man as they affect his public, social and business relations, so in this work will be found mention of worthy citizens of all vocations, and at this juncture we are permitted to offer a resume of the career of one of the substantial and highly esteemed representatives of the agricultural interests of Jordan township, Warren county, Indiana, where he has maintained his home for many years and where he has not only attained a high degree of success in his chosen field of labor and enterprise, but also established an imperishable reputation for uprightness in all the relations of life.

Abner Goodwine, who is a native son of the old Hoosier state, was born in Bartholomew county on July 10, 1826, and is therefore now in the eighty-seventh year of his age. He is the son of James and Sarah (Schumacher) Goodwine, both of whom were natives of Virginia. They were married after their removal to Bartholomew county, Indiana, and remained there but a short time, when they came to Warren county, arriving here in 1828. They located six miles northwest of Williamsport and made that their home until the death of the father, who died in 1852. The mother died in 1871 in Jo Daviess county, Illinois. They were the parents of eight children, namely: Thomas, deceased; James; Harrison, deaceased; John W., deceased; Abner, the immediate subject of this sketch; Elizabeth, deceased; Indiana, deceased, and Martha, deceased. The father of these children was a man of considerable prominence in the early history of the county and served several terms as county commissioner. He was a Whig in politics.

The subject of this sketch was reared by his parents and is thus numbered among the earliest settlers of Warren county. He has vivid recollections of many of the stirring scenes of those early days and remembers when the Indians used to come to his father's cabin home, though they never caused them any trouble. Mr. Goodwine received his elementary education in the common and subscription schools of those early days, which in both equipment and methods were somewhat primitive. He early became inured to the hard labors incident to opening up and preparing the land for cultivation and


he rendered valuable service in this way. His father's original homestead entries in Warren county had amounted th three thousand eight hundred and eighty acres. Mr. Goodwine himself is now the owner of three thousand eight hundred sixty-seven and a half acres, lying in Jordan township, Warren county, Indiana, and Ross township, Vermilion county, Illinois. This comprises as fine a body of land as can be found anywhere and is well improved and in tillable condition. Mr. Goodwine has followed farming all his life and has been eminently successful. He was not slow to adopt newer methods as they were demonstrated by experience to be the best and he has at all times shown a progressive spirit and a desire to maintain his place at the highest standard of excellence.

In 1852 Mr. Goodwine was married to Barbara Pence, the daughter of George and Mary (Swisher) Pence. The Pence family were among the early settlers of Warrne county, coming here in 1830, and members of the family have at different times been prominent in the public affairs of the county. They were originally from Pennsylvania and on coming to Indiana first located in Bartholomew county, later, at the date mentioned, to Warren county. To Mr. and Mrs. Goodwine have been born twelve children, namely: George, deceased; Mary, the wife of William Himmelright; Newton Curtis, of Warren county; Belle, deceased; Elizabeth, now Mrs. Winegardner; Clara Virginia, now Mrs. Crawford; Frank S., of Ambia, Indiana; Olive, now Mrs. Heaton; Nora, formerly Mrs. Pugh, now Mrs. Lakin; Cora, now Mrs. Briggs, widow; Leola J., at home; Harry M., who was killed by a horse. The mother of these children died on March 4, 1904, at the age of seventy-three years. It is rare that one meets with a family of men and women who evidence more of worth and ability than the sons and daughters of Mr. Goodwine, and not the least of his achievements is the rearing of this family and their upbringing to usefulness. Mr. Goodwine stands high among his fellow citizens, being an honest, kind and generous man who, while laboring in his own interests, never neglected his duty to his fellow men.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001182
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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