Josiah Goodson, son of Thomas Goodson of Darlington County, South Carolina , was born about 1799 in South Carolina . His wife Ann P. Kirven, daughter of Caid Kirven , was born about 1805 in South Carolina .
Two deeds involving Josiah Goodson  are found in Darlington District records:
On 3 Nov 1826, Albert Pollard, Mary Pollard and Margaret Pollard sold 270 acres of land to Josiah Goodson of Darlington District. This land had been willed from Joshua Pollard to his wife Mary Pollard and his son Leroy Pollard. Witnesses were John Kervin and Alfred Kervin, and the deed was recorded 19 Nov 1833. [Book L, p. 388]
On 2 Nov 1833, Josiah Goodson of Darlington District sold 270 acres of land to James Dove. This land was on the SW side of Black Creek and on the West side of the great Cypress Pond being part of several grants granted to Joshua Pollard 15 Oct 1784 containing 100 acres and another granted to Joshua Pollard 21 Jan 1784 containing 100 acres, one other 9 acres being part of a 500 acre tract granted to Thomas Powe Esq. in 1786 the balance part of a 500 acre tract granted to Jesse Mercer in 1788 and deeded to Joshua Pollard in 1789. 170 acres of said tract was willed by Joshua Pollard to his wife Mary Pollard and 100 acres willed to Leroy Pollard, said land is now in the possession of Elijah Goodson bounded as follows, to wit on the North by Wm. H. Frasers land, on the West by William Vann's land, on the South by John Kervin's land, on the East by Mrs. Martha Williams land. Witnesses were John Kervin and William Vann. Ann Goodson, wife of Josiah Goodson, relinquished her dower rights on 4 Nov 1833. This deed was recorded 2 Dec 1833. [Book L, p. 402-403]
Shortly after this, it appears that the family migrated from South Carolina to Alabama. On 24 Nov 1835 Josiah Goodson and Allen Fort, his brother-in-law, entered land in Henry County, Alabama (both Twp 7 Range 27) .
By 1840, when the census was taken, they were living in Pike County as
Edwin Goodson's household appeared on p. 385 on the same census.
The 1850 census of Pike County, Alabama was the first census to record family members by name, showing the household as listed below:
Josiah Goodson 57 [51?] M Farmer $400 b SC Ann Goodson 45 [48?] F b SC William Goodson 19 M b SC Peter Goodson 18 M Farmer b SC Margaret Goodson 16 F b Ala Ann Goodson 14 F b Ala Mary Goodson 12 F b Ala Catharine Goodson 10 F b Ala Joseph Goodson 8 M b Ala Washington Goodson 6 M b Ala Manley Goodson 3 M b Ala
During the 1850's, they lived in Butler County, Alabama. Josiah Goodson paid real estate taxes in Precinct #4 of Butler Co., AL in 1856 , and in Book E, p. 424 of Butler County deed books is recorded the sale of land from Jesse B. Huggins and Sarah Huggins his wife to Josiah Goodson on 29 Dec 1857. The land was located in Section 26, Township 9, Range 16 .
The family was living in Butler County in 1860 when the census was recorded.
In 1870, Josiah and Ann were listed in Crenshaw County, as follows:
Josiah Goodson 70 M W Farming b SC Ann Goodson 49 F W b Ala
Josiah Goodson died in Crenshaw County on 1 Aug 1874 . Ann Goodson died about 1881 in Crensahw County .
1880 Soundex, v 4, ed 16, sheet 23, line 19 Manly K. Goodson W M 32 b Ala Mary E. Goodson wife 32 b Georgia Dora F. Goodson dau 10 b Ala Cary L. Goodson dau 8 b Tex Kittie Evaline Goodson dau 7 b Tex Ida Belle Goodson dau 4 b Tex Mary E. Goodson dau 3 b TexChecked the TX Death Index 1903-1940 for Manly Goodson, but did not find him listed.
1880 Rutledge, Crenshaw County, AL: Joseph Goodson W M 36 b Ala Kenrun[?] w 35 b GA John s 12 b Ala Alexander s 10 b Ala