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Goodell, Harrison C.

Born: 1811-04-09 New York

Flourished: 1824-1850 Sangamon County, Illinois

Harrison C. Goodell was brought to Sangamon County by his parents, Martha and Calvin Goodell, in 1824. He married Mary Taylor with whom he had seven children. They settled near Loami in the western part of the county, where Harrison was a farmer and also operated a lumber business with his father. Three times in the 1840s, Goodell hired Abraham Lincoln to represent him in the local circuit court in suits over personal debts. In 1850, Goodell was a farmer in Sangamon County with real estate valued at $900. By 1860, he had moved to northern Menard County, and he owned $6,000 worth of real estate.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 332; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 173; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Menard County, IL, 83; C. Goodell & Co. v. John Duff & Co., 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=139031; Goodell v. Aylesworth, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=139032; Powell v. Goodell, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=140217.