ISAAC M. GOUDY, a prominent grocer of Toronto, is a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Brooke County, W. Va. His grandparents, Isaac and Elizabeth Goudy were natives of that county. Isaac was a carpenter by occupation, and followed that trade until his death in 1838. He was the father of six sons and two daughters, four of whom still survive. His wife died at Wheeling, about the year 1875. Their son Andrew, Father of the subject of this sketch, was born February 7, 1807, in Brooke county, where he was reared. He took up his father's trade and followed that until 1840, when he embarked in general merchandise at Warrenton, Jefferson county. This he followed until his removal to Bridgeport in 1862, where he continued in the same trade, carrying it on with success until 1887, when he retired from active business. He was married about 1826 to Nancy, daughter of William Goudy, of Brooke county. She died in 1859. Four sons and four daughters were born to them, five of whom are yet living. Isaac Goudy, born September 20, 1829, was reared in his native county of Brooke and learned the trade of his father, carpentry, at which he was engaged for twenty years. He then opened a general store at Martin's Ferry, and carried on that business for twenty-four years. At the end of that period he removed to Toronto, and in 1886 embarked in the grocery and provision trade, in which he has built up a good business, and in meeting with success. Beofre going into business at Martin's Ferry, Mr. Goudy followed his trade four years in Iowa, and subsequently during the rebellion, he was in the service of the government three years as a carpenter. In politics he is an ardent prohibitionist, and his church affiliation, and his wife's also, is with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he has been a member for fifty-two years. Mr. Goudy was married July 4, 1853, to Margaret, daughter of Jacob Brautner, of Moundsville, who died in 1863, leaving two children, Laura B., wife of Benjamin Varner, of Tuscarawas county, Ohio, and Sarah N., wife of F. N. Beazel of Martin's Ferry. On October 5, 1876, he was married to Martha A., widow of Simon Armstrong.
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