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Biography: David Johnson Goodlett July 16, 1804

This biography is included in the book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume I





Lawrence County, Alabama

David Johnson Goodlett was the Circuit Court clerk in Lawrence County, Alabama in 1864 and served as clerk for four different terms He was born in Greenville District, South Carolina on July 16, 1804, the son of Jesse Goodlett and Elizabeth H. “Betsy” (Johnson) Goodlett.

He married on Oct. 4, 1829 Martha Maria Hansell (b. Apr. 25, 1814-d. Oct. 30, 1874), daughter of John Walker Hansell and Orpah Hite (Wood) Hansell. She was a sister of Col. John H. Hansell.

He was a farmer, a merchant and was mayor in Lawrence County for many years. David was thrown from his horse in 1872 and was lame for the rest of his life. His wife died in 1874 and he died May 12, 1878. They had a large family. David J. Goodlett and his wife are buried in McKelvy Cemetery in Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama.

Their known children were:

  1. John Spartan Goodlett (1830- 1851) died of small-pox while attending medical lectures at Memphis.
  2. William David Goodlett (1832-1857)went to Texas and was editor of a newspaper in Marshall county
  3. Dr. Milton Lafayette Goodlett (1834-1887) resided in Lawrence County, Alabama. He married Hibernia Hunter Martin.
  4. David Crockett Goodlett (1836-1914) resided in Lawrence County, Alabama.- appointed Circuit Clerk in Asa M. Hodges place when Hodges declined to accept the offer in 1868. David served several years and then resigned in 1872. He married Mary Kyle Dinsmore (1837-1867) married 2nd Ester A. Dinsmore (1839-1911)
  5. Waddy Thompson Goodlett (1838-1862) was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.
  6. Robert Young Goodlett (1846-1916) resided in Lawrence County, Alabama – took his brother David Crockett Goodlett’s place as Circuit Clerk when he resigned in 1872. “Robert Y. Goodlett joined Roddy’s escort (Captain Jarman) when he was but a youth, and served on it up to the closing scene, at Selma. Here, twenty-three of this gallant company, surrounded by the enemy, but disdaining to yield, cut their way to a swollen stream, plunged in, and so escaped pursuit. Robert Y. was one of the twenty-three.”
  7. Henry. Johnson Goodlett (1846-1937)resided in Lawrence County in 1880
  8. Orpha Elizabeth.Goodlett (1842-1921) married J. G. McAlister of Lawrence County, Alabama.
  9. Martha Angeline Goodlett (1840-1848)
  10. George Wood Goodlett (1844-1848)
  11. Martha Spartan Goodlett (1851-1853)


  4. Find A Grave Memorial# 48169474 # 48306780 # 48169508 # 107485314 # 60286625

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This biography is included in the book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume I

and in

First Families of Lawrence County, Alabama Volume I

Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume I

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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