JOHN L. GOODE was born on the farm and homestead now occupied by his father, in this township, July 25, 1851. He is a son of William B. and Eliza A. (Davidson) Goode. John obtained his education in the district schools of the township. He remained at home until he was 19 years of age, and was then married, Oct. 30, 1870, to Abigail Pinkerton. She was born about a half mile east of Berdan, May 7, 1854, and is a daughter of James G. and Martha A. (Waltrip) Pinkerton. After marriage, Mr. Goode resided upon some land which he rented from his father, for about two years, and then moved on a farm of his own, situated about three-quarters of a mile north of his father's farm. He remained there until Oct., 1878, when he sold out and removed to his present location, on the northwest quarter of section 22, in this township. Mr. and Mrs. Goode had one child born to them - Lillie May, born May 13, 1873. On Feb. 24, 1885, Mrs. Goode was taken away from this world, having been afflicted with derangement of the nerves. Her remains were interred in Hickory Grove cemetery. Her loss was deeply mourned by relatives and friends. Mr. Goode is very comfortably fixed, and has 140 acres of timber land. He is a member of Hickory Grove Baptist church, as was also his wife, before her death. In politics, he is a democrat.