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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: GOODNIGHT; James Paris-1885-USA
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 00:42:37 +0100

James P. and Mary Ann Goodnight
From Proud Heritage Vol 1 by DCPA

James Paris Goodnight (1831-1885) and Mary Ann Hill (1835-1900) were married
on September 21, 1854 in Franklin, Kentucky. Early in October, 1854, they
left for Dallas County, Texas. They traveled for six weeks with a party of
several families, using horse-drawn wagons to transport themselves and their
household goods. They settled on a farm in the Lisbon area of Dallas County
and by 1878, had completed a large home at the intersection of Beckley and
Overton Roads. Thirteen children, nine of whom lived to adulthood, were born
to Mr. and Mrs. Goodnight: Pauline Jane (Nash), Isaac Henry, Amanda Ellen
(Gracey), Thomas Mitchell, John B., Fanny L. (Ligon), Frank Hill, Allie May
(Johnson), James Paris, Jr. William Blackburn Goodnight lived to be ten
years of age. Three girls died in infancy. A reference in Mr. Goodnight's
diary to lot #35, Masonic Cemetery, leads us to believe that the young
children probably were buried there. Mr. and Mrs. Goodnight were buried in
Lisbon Cemetery which is now in the Dallas city limits.

In addition to farming, James P. Goodnight was prominent in local affairs.
He served one year as the first constable of Precinct 7. Cochran's history
of Dallas County and the Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County,
Texas, list Mr. Goodnight as having served as Assessor and Collector
1858-1860, 1860-1862, and 1866. He served as County Treasurer 1870-1872 and
as Assessor 1876-1878. He completed the term of James P. Thomas, who
resigned in 1862, as a representative of Dallas County in the state

The Goodnights were members of the Lisbon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Goodnight was a ruling elder and served as clerk of the Session
(1870-1885) and as secretary-treasurer of the building committee for the
first church/school building in Lisbon. He was also treasurer of the Red Oak
Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (1875-1885).

Mr. Goodnight was a Mason and a member of the Wheatland Lodge, No. 465, A.F.
and A. During the Civil War, Mr. Goodnight served in Company A, 31st Texas
Calvalry, Trezevant C. Hawpe's Regiment (1863-1865), working in the
Commissary Department.
Mr. Goodnight and Emory A. Gracey were partners in the gin and threashing
business at Lisbon from 1880-1885.

This material has been compiled by James M. Guinn, great-grandson of James
P. Goodnight, from Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County,
Texas. Chicago, Lewis Publishing co., 1892; from Cochran's Dallas County.
1928; and from personal memoirs by Thomas Mitchell Goodnight and family
research done by Patricia Tyson Steele, great-granddaughter of Isaac Henry

By James M. Guinn, Dallas

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