Biography - M Goodman
M. M. GOODMAN, M. D., Jonesboro, is the oldest son of a family of three children. He was born June 12, 1831, in Rowan County, N. C. His grandfather, George Goodman, was of German descent, but born in Cabarrus County, N. C. His son Moses was born in the same place. He was formerly a merchant in Anna, Ill., where he now resides. He was married to Elizabeth Josey, who was born in Rowan County, N. C, where she died. She was the mother of three children, viz.: Mumford M., Rosannah and Julius V., the two latter deceased. Our subject, Dr. M. M. Goodman, was a tiller of the soil in early life. After reaching the age of maturity, he shook the dust of South Carolina off his feet, and came to what was then and may yet be called "God's country," namely. Union County, Ill., where he taught school for one year, and then commenced the study of medicine, graduating at the Medical Department of the St. Louis University in March, 1855. He then returned to Jonesboro, where he followed his profession. The Doctor was joined in matrimony, May 18, 1862, in Jonesboro, Ill., to Miss Mary A. Willard, born June 23, 1841, in Jonesboro, Ill. She is the daughter of Willis and Frances C. (Webb) Willard, the pioneer family of Willards, of whom there appears in the general county history of Union County an extended account. Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Goodman have three children — Frances J., born September 15, 1864; Willard, born January 29, 1867; and Charles M., born December 16, 1869. Mrs. Goodman is a member of the Episcopal Church. Has spent her life among the people and has many friends of Union County. She possesses a large property, which she inherited from the fortune left by Elijah Willard, which she has managed and cared for in such a way as to add to its value from year to year. In the bosom of her pleasant family she is a model mother, a warm friend, a valued acquaintance. She is a most worthy and exemplary member of the community in which she lives.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 99-100.