Russell Belden GOODWIN

Russell Belden GOODWIN

Male 1810 - 1884  (73 years)

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  • Name Russell Belden GOODWIN  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 18 Dec 1810  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Buried May 1884  East Bloomfield Cemetery/East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Died 08 May 1884  Age: 73/East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Person ID I623  Steele Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 

    Family Eliza STEELE,   b. 06 Jun 1823, East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1913, Age: 94; or 1918/East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1859  East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 
    Family ID F174  Group Sheet

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    Russell Belden Goodwin
    Russell Belden Goodwin

    Histories
    History of William Steele and Eliza Pitkin family
    History of William Steele and Eliza Pitkin family
    Written by Emily Rebecca Headlee Peery

    William Steele was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and came to East Bloomfield, New York as a young man. William’s brother, Joel, was one of the first settlers of East Bloomfield—the town was established in 1789, and Joel built the town’s first grist (corn or flour) mill in 1795. Joel was also co-founder of The First Bank, along with Henry W Hamlin.

    Eliza Pitkin was also born in Connecticut, and must have come to East Bloomfield, New York as a young woman, because they were married 8 March 1822, when she was 23 years old and William was 40. Eliza was a strongly religious woman and the oldest member of the Congregational church when she passed away.

    They had seven children in fairly rapid succession: Eliza (1823), William (1825), Joseph Stanley (1826), Alfred (1828), Abigail (1831), Henry Goodwin (1833), and Edward (1836). All of the children were born in East Bloomfield, New York.

    William was a farmer, and purchased 500 acres of land. He later gave land to each of his four living sons William, Joseph, Henry, and Edward.

    Alfred Steele died as a young child in 1830.

    William Steele (the son) married Aseneth Speaker in 1849. They had 3 children: Homer Russell (1850), Frank (1862), and William Sherman (1865). Frank died as an infant. Aseneth died suddenly from heart disease at age 75.


    Abigail Steele died as a young woman, age 19, in 1850, and was buried in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

    Joseph Stanley Steele married Elizabeth Smith in January 1858. They had seven children: Stanley (1858), William (1859), Emily (1861), Anna (1862), James (1864), Luther (1868), and Elizabeth (1872). Joseph built the blue farm house on County Road 30, which was lived in by six generations of Steeles. More information about this family is covered at length elsewhere in this book.

    Just 3 months after Joseph’s marriage, William Steele, father of this family, passed away at the age of 77. He was buried in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

    Eliza Steele married Russell Belden Goodwin in 1859, when she was 36 years old. They had no children of their own, but were very involved in the church, community, and extended family. Eliza was a key personality in the establishment of the East Bloomfield Historical Society, served as its secretary, and taught Sunday school. Several of her birthday and social parties were highlighted in the local newspapers.

    Russell was a tailor, and lived in St Louis for about 10 years. He also worked as a book keeper, fruit grower, gardener, and a farmer.

    Henry Goodwin Steele married Lydia Lucretia Hudson in 1861. They lived in the yellow house across the street from the blue house built by Joseph Stanley Steele.

    Henry and Lucretia had three children: Abigail (1862), Grant (1864) and Lincoln (1867). Lincoln died as an infant, and was buried with his parents in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

    When Joseph Stanley Steele’s wife Elizabeth died in childbirth, Henry and Lucretia cared for baby Elizabeth until she was old enough to be returned to the care of her father. Fittingly, this daughter Elizabeth Lucretia Steele shares her aunt’s name.

    In her youth, their daughter Abigail won a walnut as a prize for having perfect attendance at Sunday school. The walnut was planted, and grew to be a large tree.

    Henry was very active in public affairs, and served as a trustee of the East Bloomfield Congregational church and the East Bloomfield Cemetery association. When Henry died, Lucretia moved to Michigan to be with her children. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Abigail Steele and Charles H Pittinger). She died in Michigan, but was returned to East Bloomfield to be buried with her husband in the East Bloomfield Cemetery.

    Note: Abby Steele Pittenger helped provide many details about her family line to the authors of this book.

    Edward Steele married Mary Edna Winslow in 1869. They did not have any children.

    Eliza Pitkin Steele died in 1886, at the age of 88. She lived with her daughter and son-in-law (Eliza Steele and Russell Belden Goodwin) for the last 20 years of her life, and passed away in their home.

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record;), Year: 1870; Census Place: East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; Roll: M593_; Page: ; Image: ..
      Birth date: abt 1816 Birth place: Connecticut Residence date: 1870 Residence place: East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, United States

    2. [S16] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records;), Year: 1860; Census Place: Canandaigua, Ontario, New York; Roll: ; Page: 1003; Image: 358..
      Birth date: abt 1811 Birth place: Connecticut Residence date: 1860 Residence place: Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, United States

    3. [S17] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited;), Year: 1880; Census Place: East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York; Roll: 908; Family History Film: 1254908; Page: 140A; Enumeration District: 120; Image: 0656..
      Birth date: abt 1811 Birth place: Connecticut Residence date: 1880 Residence place: East Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, United States

    4. [S221] Web: New York, Find A Grave Index, 1660-2012, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).

    5. [S20] Internet Search, East Bloomfield Cemetery Index.
      GOODWIN
      Russell B.; born Hartford, Conn. Dec 18 1810; died East Bloomfield May 8 1884;
      Eliza Steele; June 6 1823 - Mar 30 1918; on stone with Russell B.;

    6. [S20] Internet Search, Ontario County Obituaries.
      From Ontario County Times 14 May 1884
      East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Russell Goodwin, in his 74th year, died last Thursday, the 8th inst., and was buried on Friday. He had been a great sufferer since his return from the Bahamas, where he spent a part of last winter. His only surviving brother, from Hartford, Conn., came just in time to receive his recognition, when he relapsed into unconsciousness and remained so to the last.

    7. [S20] Internet Search, Ontario County Marriage and Death Notices.
      DIED
      In East Bloomfield, May 8, Russell Belden Goodwin, aged 73 years, 4 months and 26 days.

    8. [S20] Internet Search, From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;.
      Russell B. Goodwin, East Bloomfield, was born in Hartford, Conn., December 18, 1810, son of John and Anna (Belden) Goodwin, a shoemaker and shoe dealer in Hartford and a descendant of Deacon John Goodwin, who came from England and was one of the first settlers of Hartford, Conn. Russell B. was one of seven sons. He received a common school education, learned the tailor's trade, which he followed a short time and was engaged nearly ten years in St. Louis. October 12, 1859, he married Eliza Steele, born in East Bloomfield June 6, 1823, a daughter of William and Eliza (Pitkin) Steele. Her grandfather, Elisha Steele, lived and died at Bethlehem Corners. His wife was Susannah Strong, by whom he had these children: Joel; Samuel; Rev. Nathaniel; Elisha; William; Rev. Julius; Joseph; Olive Hawley; Anna Sprague; Betsy, who married a Dr. Humphrey and died in Canaan Conn.; Lucy Kassan; and Margaret McKean. William Steele was born September 10, 1781, and died April 7, 1858, aged seventy-seven years. He came to East Bloomfield when a young man where he engaged in farming until his death. His wife died May 30, 1886, aged eighty-eight. She was born May 13, 1797, in East Hartford, a daughter of Levi and Abigail (Belden) Pitkin, who had three children: Eliza, Nathan S. and Abigail. The children of William and Eliza Steele were: Eliza; William; Joseph; Henry G.; and Edward, the latter deceased. Russell B. Goodwin died in 1884, leaving a widow. Mrs. Goodwin was a prime mover in the organization of the Historical Society, of which she is secretary. She springs from Deacon John Steele, who came from Suffolk county, England, and was a pioneer of Hartford.