JAMES O. GOODLIN, member of the enterprising lumber firm of Medcalf, Cooper & Goodlin, of Toronto, is a native of Jefferson county, Ohio, born September 19, 1857. He is a son of William and Jane (Gossip) Goodlin, natives of this county. William Goodlin was a son of Thomas Goodlin, a native of Maryland, who came to Jefferson county at an early day, and settled near Richmond, where he engaged in his trade of tailoring. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, being one of the faithful exhorters who planted the doctrines of that church in Ohio. His son William learned the trade of his father, and followed it during his life. By his wife, whose maiden name was Jane Gossip, he had fourteen children, seven of whom are deceased. Both parents died in the year 1886. During the war of the rebellion the father and two sons served in the armies of the Union, and one of the sons took part in the famous march to the sea. James O. Goodlin engaged in farming in his early days, and followed that occupation until 1879, when he came to Toronto, and found work with Myers & McFerron, learning carpentry, at which he was occupied until he entered the firm above named, to the success of which he has contributed in no slight degree by his enterprise and business sagacity. He was married June 9, 1876, to Clara M., daughter of Washington and Sarah Parkinson, of Jefferson county, and they have one child, Earl B., born October 1, 1879. He and wife are members of the I. O. O. F. and of the Sons of Veterans. In politics, he has always taken an active interest as a republican.
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