FINLEY GOODWIN, a well known citizen of Richmond, Jefferson county was born at Smithfield that county, June 20, 1834. He is the son of John and Elizabeth (Crowley) Goodwin, both natives of West Virginia, the father having been born near Winchester. Finley Goodwin, the next to the youngest of the nine children of these parents, at an early age, manifested an inclination to learn the tailor's trade, at which his father was a skillful workman. He worked with his father until he was twenty-two years old his parents having meanwhile removed to York, Jefferson county. Subsequently he went to Rushville, Ill., where he followed his trade with his brother about two and a half years. Then going to Mt. Sterling, Ill., he became a clerk in the grocery of his brother and was so engaged for five or six years. Then through the persuasion of Edward Parker, a dry goods merchant he resumed his trade, and worked at Clayton, Ill., for over three years. At the end of his residence there he returned to Richmond, where he has since followed his trade, and has prospered in business. Mr. Goodwin was married October 29, 1864 to Lavinia P., daughter of Ezekiel and Eliza (Johnson) Cole. Her father was born at Richmond, where he lived and died and her mother who is still living is a native of Steubenville. Mrs. Goodwin is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. To this union have been born three children: Fred S., Mary and James E. Mr. Goodwin is in politics a republican.
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