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Wayne O. Goodwin family papers, 1600-1900

Overview of the Collection

Goodwin, Wayne O. (Wayne Oliver), 1916-
Wayne O. Goodwin family papers
1600-1900 (inclusive)
2 boxes, (1 linear ft. )
Collection Number
This collection contains correspondence, genealogical research, charts, documents, announcements, articles, census records, burial records, and marriage records used in researching the Goodwin family history. The research was conducted, compiled, and donated by Wayne O. Goodwin.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The ancestors of Wayne Goodwin can be traced back to the 1600's in Ellington, Alconbury, and Stanground, England. His great grandfather, James Goodwin, was a Mormon convert who emigrated to America in 1850. James Goodwin's family first arrived and settled in New Orleans for two years. In 1852, the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri for one year, only to relocate to Council Bluffs, Iowa. This remained the family's residence until 1859 when they moved again, this time to Salt Lake City. The family moved from Salt Lake to Brigham City until their permanent home in Logan was finished in 1861.

Once the Goodwin family settled in Logan, James Goodwin's sons soon became influential within the town, especially William James Goodwin (Wayne Goodwin's grandfather). In 1871, the sons set up a dry goods store called the Goodwin Brothers Ranch. This store was the main competitor for the L.C.M.I., which was later renamed Z.C.M.I, Logan branch.

James Goodwin's family was active in the LDS Church until 1874. The family became disenchanted with the Church and left, but still were held in high esteem among Church members. William James Goodwin served as a probate judge in Cache County for six years, until his death in 1894. He was also an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Delegate to the Constitutional Convention, but passed away before the election results announced his defeat.

Other patrilineal families researched by Wayne Goodwin include the Van Pelts. The Van Pelts emigrated to American from the Netherlands. They resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Several of the Van Pelts served in the Revolutionary War. One family member, John Van Pelt, camped at Valley Forge with George Washington. In addition, other branches of Wayne Goodwin's family come from Denmark (the Hansen and Jacobsen families), Kentucky (the Logan family), and Virginia ( the Cleveland family).

Wayne Goodwin was born (1916) and raised in Salt Lake City. He is the son of William Charles Goodwin. He worked for forty years with the Union Pacific Rail Road Company. After his retirement in 1981, he began working on his family genealogy.

Sources: The Goodwin Family History, 1600-1900, Wayne O. Goodwin. (1990).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, genealogical research, charts, documents, announcements, articles, census records, burial records, and marriage records used to aid in the research of the Goodwin family history. The research was conducted, compiled, and donated by Wayne O. Goodwin. (Wayne Goodwin was a personal friend of A.J. Simmonds, the former Director of the USU Special Collections and Archives.) A copy of The Goodwin Family History, 1600-1900 can be found in Special Collections, call # 929.2 G638-G.

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Restrictions on Use


It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Wayne O. Goodwin family papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Wayne O. Goodwin family papers, 1600-1900. (COLL MSS 258). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 "My Father's Family: An account of a Mormon Emigrant Family to the United States in 1850" Wayne O. Goodwin
1 2 Goodwin Family birthday book, report card of Asael Longhurst
1 3 Correspondence 1976-1982
1 4 Correspondence 1959-1992
1 5 Correspondence: C. A. and D. Thurley
1 6 Loletta "Lettie" Cleveland Research
1 7 Loletta "Lettie" Cleveland Research
1 8 Goodwin Family of Huntingdonshire, England
1 9 Pedigree charts and family group records on the Goodwin family
1 10 Census records
1 11 Goodwin Family Research
1 12 Alconbury, Huntingdonshire, England
1 13 Alconbury, Huntingdonshire, England
2 1 Stanground, Huntingdonshire, England
2 2 Ellington, Huntingonshire, England
2 3 Logan, Utah burial records
2 4 Correspondence regarding William Goodwin
2 5 William Goodwin research
2 6 William C. Goodwin research
2 7 William James Goodwin research
2 8 William James Goodwin research
2 9 Sarah Logan research
2 10 Van Pelts in the Revolutionary War(click to view)
2 11 John Van Pelt at Valley Forge(click to view)
2 12 John Van Pelt research(click to view)
2 13 John Van Pelt research(click to view)
2 14 John Van Pelt research(click to view)
2 15 Van Pelt research(click to view)
2 16 A History of an English/American Goodwin Family draft