DANIEL D. GOODELL, a leading attorney at law and the efficient village Clerk of Brighton, claims New York as the State of his nativity, his birth having occurred in La Fayette, Onondaga County, December 24, 1836. The family was probably founded in this country during early colonial days. The grandfather of our subject, Nathan Goodell, lived and died in the Empire State, and Warren Goodell, father of Daniel, was born in Onondaga County. In the usual manner of farmer lads he was reared to manhood and in his native State he married Miss Frances Bannister, who was born in Vermont. Throughout his life he engaged in agricultural pursuits and was a leading citizen of the community in which he made his home, being especially prominent in local political affairs, supporting the Whig party. In religious belief he was a Presbyterian and died in that faith in New York, after which his widow emigrated with her family to Michigan. She died in Calhoun County when well advanced in years. She too was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a most estimable lady.
The early life of our subject was unmarked by any event of special importance, his time being passed midst play and work as boys usually spend their early days. After the death of his father he accompanied his mother to Michigan, and having determined to become a legal practitioner he entered upon the study of law. He has lived in Illinois since 1858, making his home in Jersey, Madison and Macoupin Counties, where for some years he had a successful career as an educator. Being offered a position as teacher in the schools of Brighton he came to this place and after some time spent in that profession opened an office and entered upon the practice of law in 1879.
Mrs. Goodell was formerly Miss Sarah Dickerson, a native of the State of Delaware. With her parents she came to Illinois, the family locating in Madison County, where they resided for some years, subsequently removing to Brighton, where they still make their home. They are well known and highly respected citizens of this community and are numbered among the honored early settlers. Sarah Dickerson remained under the parental roof until she gave her hand in marriage to D. D. Goodell. Their union has been blessed by two children - Warren H. was educated in the public schools of Brighton, and now a wide-awake and enterprising young attorney at law; and William M. who is still at home.
In politics, Mr. Goodell is a stalwart supporter of the Republican party, having advanced its principles since he attained his majority. His career as an attorney has been a successful one and he has now a large and lucrative practice, such as his merits well deserve.