Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Henry Good - Civil War Veteran (1841-1919)

Henry Good fought in the Civil War at  Gettysburg where his name appears on The Pennsylvania Monument.   The picture here is of a young Henry in uniform with his weapon.  He was a private in Company K of the 153d Regiment from Lower Mt. Bethel,
Northampton Co., PA, under Captains Isaac Johnson and Isaac Buzzard.  He enlisted on Oct. 11, 1862 when  he was 21 years old.  Records indicate that he was not injured in the fighting.  Which was a good thing, because many were.

The PA 153d engaged in battle at Chancellorsville,VA on May 2, 1863 and at Gettysburg, PA in the infamous battles of July 1863.   The 153d was an infantry company.  There is a monument at Gettysburg  to their honor on Barlows Knoll,   where they  fought in the Battle of Cemetery Hill.  Company K  from Lower Mt. Bethel mustered out on July 23, 1863.

After returning from the war Henry married Josephine Correll on December 29, 1866 at the Richmond Methodist Church in Richmond, Pennsylvania.  They became the parents of seven children. Annie Catherine, who married Simon J. Pysher,  was  born October 7, 1869 and passed away on Feb. 27, 1951.  Emma Alaura, born Feb. 4, 1871, married Martin Frey and died on Dec. 14, 1901, soon after the birth of her son Harvey. William, who married Gertrude Doremus, was born July 3, 1874 and passed away on Aug. 3, 1967.  John Arthur, born Sept. 23, 1876 died at the age of 4 on Nov. 3, 1880.  George Raymond, who married Lillie Deats, was born July 27, 1880 and died May 23, 1960. Martin, who married Martha Harding, was  born Mar. 12, 1884 and died Mar. 25, 1971.  Bertha married first Clarence Meyers and second Clarence Johnson. She was born April 6, 1888 and died on April 3, 1979.

Here is a wonderful picture of the adult children of Henry Good, taken before 1942, the year Simon J. Pysher died. As far as I know, they are from left to right: Bertha and Clarence Johnson, George and Lillie, Martin and Martha, and Annie and Simon J. Pysher. William is missing.

All his life, Henry Good showed that he was a man who accepted the  responsibilities  that were his.  We see his Civil war record.   From the census records it can be gleaned that Henry Good  understood the obligations of family.  He was the middle son of the 12 children of John Good, Jr. and the Grandson of John Good, Sr.

Throughout his adult life he is seen providing a home for members of his family. In 1870 it is noted on the Census that the family of Henry Good, age 29 included his wife Josephine, age 24, baby Anna C., age 8 months as well as his brother Enos, age 14 and his father, John. On the 1880 Census, the Henry Good family includes Josephine, Annie C., age 11,  Emma A., age 8,  William H., age 6 and John A. , age 4,  as well as Josephine's parents, John and Catherine Correll. The 1910, the Census reports that he was employed as a wagon driver for the Coal Co. His obituary says, "Deceased was a pioneer member of Miller’s Church, near Flicksville, and served a number of terms as tax collector in Lower Mt. Bethel Township.  He was a member of Albert Jones Post. G. A. R. of Bangor.  For twenty years, Mr. Good was in the employ of Milton Flory, of Bangor, as a driver."

Henry and Josephine Correll Good are buried in the Miller Church Cemetery on Heinsone Hill Rd. in Lower Mount Bethel. The little one room church known as the German Methodist Church or Methodist Episcopal Church is no longer there.  It was said that members were very devout Christains who remained in their service until the Holy Spirit came down among them.

Josephine was the daughter of John Correll and Catharine Eilenberger Correll.

The inscriptions on the tombstone provide us
with their birth and death dates.
Henry  Good               Josephine  Correll
b. July 28, 1841          b. Jan. 8, 1846
d. July 4, 1919            d. Nov. 9, 1913

This family is full of men named Henry, John and George.  I have told the story of  Henry Good (1764-1829), our Revolutionary War Veteran.  And his son, John, Sr. Our line of descent continues from John, Sr. to John, Jr. (1808-1871) of Lower Mt. Bethel.  From there we have this Henry (1841-1919) of Civil War fame, whose son George was Ron's Great Granddad.  George and Lillie Good had a son named Earl who married Edna Frey. Their daughter Dorothy married Clarence Smith.  Dot and Clarence were the parents of Ron Smith.

  • Personal family history records of Cynthia H. Smith, Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania
  • Stocker, Jeffrey D., "We Fought Desperate:"A History of the 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 2014. 
  • Church record of the Lutheran and Reformed congregations in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, 1774-1833 / copied by Wm. J. Hinke, 1934.  
  • Federal Census Records: 1870, 1880, 1910, Northampton, Pennsylvania
  • Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
  • Obituary of Henry Good, 5 Jul 1919, Easton Paper.
  • Henry Good Tombstone, photo taken Jan.14, 2017, Cynthia H. Smith


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