Friday, April 12, 2013

Henry Good (1764 - 1829)

As a teenager, Henry Good provided  Active Duty  service in the Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolutionary War.  The card on file in the Pennsylvania Archives on line  says that he  was a Private in Captain Manus Yost's company of the First Regiment of Foot, commanded by Colonel John Keller, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Henry was in the 1st class serving during the months of September and October, 1781.  He mustered out October 11,1781.

At the time of his service, Henry would have only been about 17 years old.  He was born on December 10, 1764, most likely in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he spent his life. His father was Michael Good, a weaver whose will was probated August 24, 1778.  Henry is named in his father's will:  Bucks Co. Abstracts of Orphan's Court Records File # 664, Aug 3 1779,  Michael Good, Nockamixon twp., died about 2 years ago, Widow, Elizabeth, 4 children, Henry over 14, George, Rebecca and Elizabeth.

Henry Good married Catherine Barbara Schick,  about 1786.  Catherine's maiden name is given in the baptism record of their daughter, Magdalena.  In the Nockamixon Church record,  Magdalena's parents are named as  Henry and Catherine Shick Good.  In turn Catherine's  baptism record is found in  the Tohickon Reformed Congregation in Bedminster twp., Bucks Co., PA. on page 112.  CATHERINE BARBARA, born 2 March 1761, baptized 23 March 1761 at Tohickon Union Church.  Her parents are Michael and Margaret Schick  and her sponsor was  Catherine Barbara German. 

Henry and Catherine Good  were the parents of nine children whose baptism records are all recorded at Nockamixon Church, Bucks Co. as follows: Michael Good, July 31, 1785,  John Good, February 2, 1787,   John Henry Good, December 20, 1788,   Elizabeth Good, August 5, 1790,   Maria Good, December 10, 1793,  Catherine Good,  January 29, 1796,  Magdalena Good, August 10, 1798,   Jacob Good, July 20, 1800.
There are tax records that show he was  in the Nockamixon, Bucks Co. area in 1787, 1788, and 1805.

This reference, located in the Abstracts of Bucks Co. Orphans Court Records in the Marx History Room of the Easton Library, provides additional information regarding the family of Henry and Catherine Good.   August 27, 1830, Henry Guth, Springfield twp, died about 1 year ago, widow, and children, Michael (eldest son), John, Henry, Elizabeth (wife of John Rasley),  Margaret (wife of Samuel McHose), Catharine (wife of George Mills) , Sarah (wife of John Campbell), George, all of lawful age.  Owned 120 acres.

They are buried in the cemetery at Durham, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.  Interestingly, his stone is inscribed in English while her's is inscribed in German.

Henry  Guth                                                                                Catherine Guth
December 10, 1764                                                                           wife of Heinrich Good
May 7, 1829                                                                                March 2, 1761
age 64-4-27                                                                             April 18, 1839  78-1-16      

He was  known by his German name - Heinrich Guth.   And also  Henry Guth or Heinrich Good or Henry Good. His son, John, who was born February 2, 1787,  moved to Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania.  The Good family of Lower Mount Bethel descend from him and his wife Rachel.  They had a son, John, Jr. , who had a son named Henry.  Henry's grandson Earl was the father of Dorothy Alice Good.

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