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Goodman, Christian

Born: 1795-XX-XX North Carolina

Died: 1854-01-27 Sangamon County, Illinois

Flourished: Sangamon County, Illinois

Christian Goodman was resident of Sangamon County, Illinois. In January 1817, Goodman married Polly Cresson in Rowan County, North Carolina. In March 1824, Goodman wed Rosanna Cresson. Goodman moved from his native North Carolina to Sangamon County, Illinois, sometime between 1824 and 1833. In 1833, he purchased approximately 122 acres of public land northwest of Springfield near what would become Salisbury. Goodman was a defendant in the case of Webster & Hickox v. Goodman & McAtee for which Abraham Lincoln served as a plaintiff attorney. Goodman was sued for an unpaid mortgage, and when the other defendant, Benjamin D. McAtee, died, the case was dismissed.

North Carolina, U.S., Marriage Index, 1741-2004 17 January 1817, 5 March 1824, Rowan County (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007); Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Sangamon County, 68:168, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 248; Webster & Hickox v. Goodman & McAtee, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=140735; Illinois, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999 , 27 January 1854, Sangamon County (Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, 2015).