Research question: who was the wife of Joseph H. Goodin, 1793-1878, of Greene Co., Missouri?
At least two published genealogies from the early part of the 20th century state that Virginia Rose Allen, 1806-1897, was J. H. Goodin’s spouse. However, a user of FamilySearch recently amended the information in the Goodin lineage, replacing Allen with another person. The names and dates for the children of this couple remains the same. So an alternate way to phrase the research question is, Who was the mother of Zerelda E. Goodin, Robert A. Goodin, etc.? Is the published information still credible?
Another note in FamilySearch, a lengthy combination of letter and research log (or maybe just a talkative research log) points to an IGI record of the marriage in Saline County, to a “Jaine Allen.” Other sources cited (letters to the log’s writer, and the Cochrane history of the Hardins) stipulate that Goodin’s wife Jane was Virginia Rose “Jane” Allen. Cochrane seems indebted to Amanda Blankenship’s son for information, and for funds to put up a memorial to his ancestor, Col. Joseph Hardin, Sr. Although the research log notes Goodin’s Civil War activity, it does not cite Civil War records, so those should be checked (FamilySearch’s index of those records does not turn up Joseph Goodin or his wife or widow, and he would have been 60 or more in 1860, so his service may have been informal or local).
The US Censuses of 1850, 1860, and 1870 (accessed August 24, 2016 via FamilySearch) consistently provide Joseph H. Goodin and Jane as the couple in Cass Township, Greene County, Missouri.
The death certificate of Joseph H. Goodin’s daughter, Amanda Blankenship, provides “Virginia Allen” as the mother.
The index to Missouri marriages at Ancestry.com does not provide an entry for the 1820 marriage.
The genealogy of the Lillard family by David Hicks Lillard, Jr. asserts that Virginia Rose Allen was “married on March 14, 1820, in Saline County, Missouri, to Joseph H. Goodin.”
The matter is complicated by the fact that Missouri was a territory at the time (statehood in 1821), and that Saline County had yet to be formed (November, 1820). However, in reviewing and organizing the file on Joseph H. Goodin, a photocopy of the microfilmed marriage record was found. It would still be helpful to know where this is indexed in FamilySearch. Many records for the territory and the parent counties of Saline have been digitized, and can be browsed. Searching with Allen or Goodin doesn’t find their record. The digitized microfilm records in this set appear to be the most promising: