Goodell, Orrin 1842 – 1924

    Orin Goodell is numbered among the enterprising and thorough-going farmers of Troy township, residing in Section 28, where he has now made his home for over forty years during which time he has aided in the growth and development of his locality. He is a native of Huron County, Ohio, born in Townsend Township, in 1844, and is a son of Cyrenius and Lucretia (Studley) Goodell, both of whom were born in New York. When a boy the former accompanied his father, David Goodell, to Huron county, and there the grandfather worked at his trade of a shoemaker at an early day, and also opened up a farm. In Huron County the parents of our subject were married and in 1855 they brought their family to Troy township, Wood County, where the father purchased the farm of a Mr. Phillips, on which Orrin now resides. His death occurred near Bowling Green. Ohio, in 1883, and his wife passed away near Dunbridge, Ohio, August, 1894. In political sentiment was a strong Republican, and became one of the prominent early settlers of Troy township. Our subject is the eldest in the family of five children, and was followed by Marion a resident of Webster township, Wood county; Jane, wife of Henry Sternaman, of Middleton township, this county; John, who makes his home in Dunbridge, Ohio; and Albert of Bowling Green. The paternal grandfather spent his last days in Huron County, his widow then making her home with her children; she passed away in Richland county, Ohio.

The education of Orrin Goodell was begun in Huron County, but at the age of eleven years he was brought to Troy township, where he completed his literary training. He early began to assist in the work on the home farm, and has since devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits with good success. He owns the old homestead, comprising sixty-seven acres of valuable land, pleasantly situated, and adjoining the village of Luckey. In the development and progress of the county he has taken an active part, and by his sagacity and foresight, while contributing to the welfare of his native State, he has been enabled to accumulate a comfortable competence. He takes quite an interest in political affairs, and casts his ballot with the Republican Party. In June 1865, in Troy Township, he married Miss Celestia Williamson, a native of that township, and a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Sternaman) Williamson. Her father was born in New York, whence he removed to eastern Ohio, later coming to Wood County, but his last days were passed in Iowa, where he died. His wife was called from this earth while in Webster Township, Wood County, in 1853. Three children grace the union of our subject and his wife: Sanford married Miss Helen Banks, a native of Webster township, who before her marriage was engaged in teaching in Wood county; Cyrenius is still with his parents; and Myrt is attending school.

 “Wood county Ohio, Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1897”

“Luckey Centennial Book”