According to the Gwinnett County Historical Society, the genesis of the Goodwin family in the area dates back to the late 1700s and Philadelphia: "Mary Ann Roach came to America in the late 1700s as a stowaway on an Irish freighter. In Philadelphia, she met and married John C. Goodwin who was also an Irish immigrant. Records from around 1800 show the couple living in Rutherford Co., NC and having 5 children. A son, Joseph, acquired...property in Gwinnett Co. in May, 1835 from his father-in-law, William T. Graham."
Marriage records at Ancestry show Joseph Gooden (sic) married Elmina Graham 12 May 1830 in Rutherford County, North Carolina. When Joseph's father died, his mother came to live with him. Six generations of Goodwins have lived in the area.
Julia A. Goodwin (1793-1881), Elmina's sister-in-law, was also laid to rest in Goodwin Cemetery. Census records state she was born in Pennsylvania, and her parents were born in Ireland.
Also buried within are Robert Emmet Goodwin and Frances Goodwin. I'm confident Robert was a son of Elmina's, and I think Frances was her daughter. Robert died at age 11, and Frances was just 20. Robert's epitaph reads, in part:
Hope looks beyond the bounds of time,
When what we now deplore,
Shall rise in full immortal prime,
And bloom to fade no more.
I have uploaded more than 30 photos from Goodwin Cemetery to my Pacasa web albums collection. Photos may be viewed individually or as a slideshow. Some captions are included, and the ability for you to add comments is enabled. Surnames include Barnes, Brewster, Douglas, Farmer, Goodwin, Harrell, Harris, Howell, Scott, Stokes, Waters, Weathers, and Williams.