A Brief Biography of JACOB GOODYKOONTZ (1809-1888)
Written by his Great-Great-Great Granddaughter, Leslie Lewis.
Jacob Goodykoontz was born in Frederick County, Virginia on May 19, 1809, the eldest of thirteen children born to Daniel and Hannah (Beaver) Goodykoontz. The two families were both of German ancestry, the name Goodykoontz being an Americanized version of Gutekunst, and the name Beaver modified from the original Bieber. Both of Jacob’s grandfathers had fought in Pennsylvania regiments for the cause of American independence during the Revolutionary War.
After 1810, the extended Goodykoontz family moved from Frederick County in the northern end of Virginia to the southwestern part of the state. It is interesting to note that three Goodykoontz brothers had married three Beaver sisters. In addition, two Goodykoontz sisters had married Phlegar brothers. Jacob was still a child when he moved with his parents to Montgomery and Grayson Counties. On September 30, 1830, Jacob married a young woman named Mary Ward.
While some of the Goodykoontz relatives remained in what became Floyd County, Virginia, Daniel Goodykoontz and his older brother Jacob, for whom our subject was named, moved with their wives to Indiana after purchasing land in Madison County in 1833. They lived out their lives there and were buried in West Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson, Indiana.
Other members of the extended family settled in Grant County, immediately north of Madison County. Our subject, Jacob Goodykoontz and his bride lived briefly in the area of Anderson, Indiana, then settled in Monroe Township, Grant County, where most of their children were born.
In June of 1855, Jacob and Mary purchased 160 acres of land in Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa, and moved their family there. Jacob was a farmer. After settling in Allamakee County, he bought and sold several parcels of land in Union Prairie and Makee Townships.
Jacob and Mary had 12 children: Rebecca (1831-1847); Thomas J. (1834-1895), who married Lucretia Bean; Daniel F. (1837-1919), who married Mary Elizabeth Moore; Caroline B. (1838-1906), who married Wilson Spencer; Naomi M. (1841-1904), who married Alvin E. Robbins; Elizabeth W. (1843-1877), first wife of John Tovey; Ansel E. (1846-1888), who married Jane Elizabeth Hale; Floyd M. (1849-1927), who married and moved to Colorado; Noble J. (1851-1866); Mary Emma (1854- ), who married Harry M. Wilson; Minnie (1856- ), second wife of John Tovey; and Dora V. (1859-1940), who married Thomas S. Dooley.
Jacob’s wife, Mary (Ward) Goodykoontz died on March 18, 1864 and was buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Waukon. Jacob remarried on December 6, 1866, to Sarah Elizabeth (Barnard) Raymond, who was also recently widowed and the mother of four young children, John T. Raymond, Mary Christine Raymond, Walter P. Raymond, and Ida Alice Raymond. The couple and their combined family remained in the Waukon area for a few more years, where together they had two more children, Delia May (1868-1869) and Lola F. (1870-1945).
In March of 1874, Jacob and Sarah sold their land in Allamakee County and moved to Jefferson County, Tennessee. Jacob died on June 20, 1888. His widow Sarah died June 14, 1896. They were buried in the Presbyterian Church cemetery at New Market, as were three of the Raymond siblings and the youngest Goodykoontz, Lola.
Family records and genealogical collection of Flora (Spencer) Barkley of Boone, Iowa.
Family records and genealogical collection of Vera Spencer of Alliance, Nebraska.
1810 Federal census, Daniel Goodykoontz family residence: Frederick County, Virginia.
1820 Federal census, Daniel Goodykoontz family residence: Montgomery County, Virginia.
1830 Federal census, Daniel Goodykoontz family residence: Grayson County, Virginia.
1840 Federal census, Daniel Goodykoontz family residence: Madison County, Indiana.
1840 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Grant County, Indiana.
1850 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Grant County, Indiana.
1856 State census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Allamakee County, Iowa.
1860 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Allamakee County, Iowa.
1870 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Allamakee County, Iowa.
1880 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Jefferson County, Tennessee.
Early deed records of Madison County, Indiana.
Deed records of Allamakee County, Iowa.
Marriage records of Allamakee County, Iowa.
Headstones and cemetery records for West Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Indiana.
Headstones and cemetery records for Oakland Cemetery, Waukon, Iowa.
Headstones of New Market Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jefferson County, Tennessee.
Will of Jacob Goodykoontz, Jefferson County, Tennessee.
Will of Sarah Elizabeth Barnard Raymond Goodykoontz, Jefferson County, Tennessee.