DAVID JOHNSON GOODLETT
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
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:
- John Spartan Goodlett (1830- 1851) died of small-pox while attending medical lectures at Memphis.
- William David Goodlett (1832-1857)went to Texas and was editor of a newspaper in Marshall county
- Dr. Milton Lafayette Goodlett (1834-1887) resided in Lawrence County, Alabama. He married Hibernia Hunter Martin.
- 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)
- Waddy Thompson Goodlett (1838-1862) was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.
- 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.”
- Henry. Johnson Goodlett (1846-1937)resided in Lawrence County in 1880
- Orpha Elizabeth.Goodlett (1842-1921) married J. G. McAlister of Lawrence County, Alabama.
- Martha Angeline Goodlett (1840-1848)
- George Wood Goodlett (1844-1848)
- Martha Spartan Goodlett (1851-1853)
- EARLY SETTLERS OF ALABAMA – by James EDMONDS SANDERS
- Find A Grave Memorial# 48169474 # 48306780 # 48169508 # 107485314 # 60286625
This biography is included in the book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume I