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Eliza Eleanor Blair



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Eliza Eleanor Blair was the second daughter of Reverend Jonathan Blair and Melvina Ross. Eliza's husband was William Sevier Goodin.

Eliza was born in McDonald County, Missouri. December 22, 1837 on the Indian Creek farm of her father, Reverend Jonathan Blair. She grew to womanhood there, and on December 20, 1855, at eighteen years of age, was married to William Sevier Goodin, a carpenter and farmer. He was twenty-four years old, having been born on July 23, 1831, near Greeneville, Tennessee.

William Goodin's father, Benjamin Goodin, was born on September 19, 1807. The records at Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee show that Benjamin Goodin had many land transactions around Greeneville from 1815 on for a number of years. It was sometime before 1855 that he moved to Missouri and settled near Pineville. He died in Pineville on October 27, 1875. His wife Polly Jones Goodin (a relative of John Pogue's mother—Lydia Jones Pogue) was born in Louisville, Kentucky on November 27, 1813, and died in Pineville, October 11, 1866.

Eliza Eleanor and William Sevier with their seven months old baby, joined the Blair-Moffett expedition and came to California in 1857. They stopped in Yolo County for about a year, then moved to Santa Rosa, where they lived for nearly two years, after which they moved to Tulare County. They lived first at Venice Hill, then Farmersville, where the wife died of tuberculosis on February 21, 1869. For a time the four children who out-lived the mother, stayed with relatives, particularly with their grandfather, Reverend Jonathan Blair. Later, although Uncle "Bill" never remarried, he established a home at Orosi, and his daughter, Sarah Lucinda "kept house" for him. He died, May 26, 1898 at Orosi, and was buried beside his wife in the Deep Creek Cemetery near Farmersville.

Owner/SourceThe Blair-Moffett Families: A History and Genealogy Between the Years 1600 and 1935
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