Friday, January 15, 2010

Ancestor Bio Series - Isabella Jane Goodloe

Isabella Jane "Janie" Goodloe was born 172 years ago this month on 27 Jan 1838 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. She was the first of four children born to John Emerson “Jack” Goodloe and Eliza Ann Dobyns. By the time Janie turned 11 years old, her mother had died and her father had married Elizabeth Pettus. She and Elizabeth apparently had a close relationship. Clippings from the personals section of the Earlington Bee from 1903 and 1904 make reference to Elizabeth visiting her daughter or Janie visiting her mother in reporting visits between the two.

Janie married Albert Hankins on 24 Oct 1855 at her father’s home in Hopkins County. They had four children: John Houston born 24 Aug 1856; Thomas Leander “Lee” born 13 Jun 1858; James W. born 25 Jul 1960 and Mary Madore “Mollie” born 10 Mar 1863. In 1860 they were living next to Albert’s parents Houston & Mary Weeks Hankins. Sometime between 1863 and 1870, Albert apparently died although it is not known exactly what happened to him. He had enlisted in the 8th Kentucky Infantry (Confederate) in Oct 1861 and his muster roll on 1 Aug 1862 lists him as a 4th Sgt. with Company I but shows he was “absent at home in Kentucky without leave.” Family stories tell that he was wounded in the hand during a battle some time after that which would mean he had to have rejoined his unit at some point. There are also family stories that Albert was with a friend in a barn in the company of Confederate deserters, was accused of desertion and shot. Aunt Liz once told me (in response to my question about how Albert died) that she remembered hearing “he got into some trouble and was shot” which seems to go along with the barn story.

Regardless of how Albert died, Janie was left alone with four young children to raise. Janie and the children moved near her father, likely on his property since they were listed next to him in the 1870 census. She married Thomas G. Yates on 3 Jan 1874. Yates probably died within a few years since she married Thomas K. DeVault on 23 Nov 1879. In 1900, DeVault and Janie lived on Robinson Street in Earlington and had adopted a daughter, Bessie, who was 16 years old at the time of the census. Bessie's last name was listed as Walker in that census but as DeVault in Janie's obituary a few years later. Nothing further is known about her.

Janie’s children were all married by 1885 and she had 14 grandchildren born between 1880 and 1901. Her son Jim was a coal miner, son Lee was a farmer and General Baptist minister and son John was a farmer, operated several mills and was the Hopkins County Sheriff for a while.

Janie died of Malaria on 23 Jul 1905 in Earlington and was buried the next day in Grapevine Cemetery.

Photo courtesy of Rick Thorpe, descendant of Mollie Hankins Clements, who shared many Hankins pictures with me several years ago.

Janie was my gg grandmother (Hankins line). I plan to post an Ancestor Bio 2 or 3 times a month.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice family story! Thank you for sharing. These are so valuable to document a family.

    Keep these ancestor stories coming!

    Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"