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Part 4: Chapter 27

 
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The Goodbody Family

by Kenny Ray Cox

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Let's look now at my maternal grandmother's genealogy. Mary Ann "Anna" Goodbody was born 25 Nov 1882. She died 12 Dec 1961.
She married 15 Feb. 1901 Riley Hanks, who was born 4 Dec 1868 and died 12 Jun 1944.

Oscar DeWilde McCollum, Jr.’s privately published. 1981 genealogical research ("McCollum Family: The Antecedents and Descendents of a Patriarch," 1981, pages 27-29) provides the following information on William Goodbody: "[He] was born in Dublin, Ireland and was farmed out to a cruel master while just a boy. When his treatment became unbearable, he hid on a ship sailing for America. […] a kind man paid his passage so he would not be sent back to his former master." This story offers a striking similarity to Michael Cox, Sr.’s. It was the fate of many an immigrant.

The Dublin birth must be taken with a grain of salt. A baptismal record dated. 18 Nov 1811, Rosenallis, Queens (now Cobh, Cork County), Ireland indicates he was the son of William Goodbody and Elenor Holmes. We do know for certain that following a heat stroke, he was placed in an insane asylum in Jacksonville, Illinois where he died on 10 March 1858. His wife, Eliza Barton, died just before him. Their four children were then taken in by various neighbors: Anna Maria (b. 1842; married Christopher Tripp 1860), John (b. 1845), William (b. 1846), Samuel (b. 1849).

William Augustus Goodbody (b. 14 Aug 1846) was raised by the neighbor James Lewis. William eventually went to Kansas and operated a farm in Timber Hill township of Bourbon County, near Fort Scott." There, he married Jane A. McConnell (b. 13 July 1849, d. 8 Feb. 1883) on 10 April 1870. Jane died of pneumonia only two months after the last of their five children was born:

John Goodbody (b. 17 Dec 1870, d. 1934) married Josephine Shannon and had two children: Ella (b. 4 April 1897, d. ?) and John E. (b. 1899, d. 4 July 1983) whose second marriage was to Ruth Marie Bollinger. They owned the 1909 Overland automobile featured in Part 5 and also figuring in Chapter 21 of Part 4.
William Goodbody (b. 5 Oct 1873, d. 27 May 1948) married Margaret Regan and had four children: Elizabeth, Mary, William, Velma.
Emery Goodbody (b. 30 Sept 1875, d. ?)
infant son (b. 3 Dec. 1877, d. 4 Dec 1877)
Mary Ann "Anna" Goodbody (b. 25 Nov 1882, d. 12 Dec 1961)
married Riley Clay Hanks (see Chapter 26), and had five children.

Oscar McCollum describes the hard life of this poor girl called Anna. His sources of information were her unpublished autobiography, and information provided by her daughter Devota Hanks Cox.

Anna Goodbody received a bad start in life when her mother died when she was just two months and. 13 days old. Of course, her father could not take care of such a small baby, so she lived in five different homes before she was five years of age. Then, on 1 January 1887, her father gave her to her uncle and aunt, Joseph and Sydney McConnell, to raise. Anna was never adopted by Joe and Sydney, as was Buel Allen, Sydney’s nephew, who was also raised in this household. As Anna grew up and started school she was expected to help with the household chores [… Her uncle and aunt] operated the Grand View Hotel in Hartford, Arkansas […] Anna had to clean the guest rooms every morning before going to school and could not leave until the job was completed […] She always felt she was an unwanted child. […] When she was 17 years old, Joe beat her […] She believed she could not stand it any longer and appealed to her brother who lived in Kansas. He took her to live with him for a while. After coming back to Hartford the next year, she wanted to marry Riley Hanks, but Joe would not permit it. So Riley brought a ladder which he put up to her window, and they eloped.

 

Not much information is available on the early members of this branch of the McConnell family. The earliest data refers to:

(1) Joseph McConnell was born in East Tennessee, probably in the early part of the 19th century […] married Mary Ann McClatchey, and two daughters were born to them:

(2) Mary Almeda McConnell, b. 20 Oct 1847, d. 9 May 1940
m. Eugene Buchant McCollum, b. 22 April 1830, d. 3 Aug. 1904
seven children: Melcina, Idona, Emma, Clarence, Ira, Oscar, Gertrude

    1. Jane A. McConnell, b. 13 July 1849, d. 8 Feb. 1883
      m. 10 Apr 1870, William Goodbody, b. 14 Aug 1846

The descendents of William and Jane Goodbody are as follows:

(3) John Alexander Goodbody, b. 17 Dec 1870, d. 1934
m. Josaphine "Josie" Shannon, b. 1874, d. 1949
Both are buried in Fulton, Kansas

(4) Ella T. Goodbody, b. 4 April 1897, d.
m. Burt H. King, b. 1886, d. 1945, buried Fulton, Kansas

(4) John Elsworth Goodbody, b. 28 Feb. 1899, d. 4 July 1983
m. 1st Mona Barrett, divorced

(5) son
m. 2nd Ruth Marie Bollinger 12 Jan. 1938

(5) Carol Ann Goodbody, b. 26 Sept 1940
m. 1st Joe Vogel 6 Aug 1960, Div.

(6) John Christopher Vogel, b. 9 Apr 1961
(6) Matthew Joseph Vogel, b. 12 Oct 1966

m. 2nd Leonard Dean Haulette 20 Oct 1972

(5) John David Goodbody, b. 13 Dec 1947
m. Phillis Gayle Lowry
(6) Diana Lea Goodbody, b. 3 Aug 1976

(3) William Clinton Goodbody, b. 13 Dec 1873, d. 27 May 1948
m. 11 Sept 1900 Margaret Frances Reagan, b. 26 Nov 1885, d. 25 Jan 1958 (daughter of Matthew and Mary Ellen Riordan Reagan)

(4) Elizabeth Gladys Goodbody, b. 30 Nov 1902, d. 5 Jan 1955
m1 21 May 1930 Paul Lee Stewart, b. 11 May 1898 (son of Henry and Mary Stewart)
(5) Sharon Eileen Stewart, b. 27 Aug 1942
m2 8 Jan 1964 Ronald Wilson, div. Oct. 1969
(5) Robert Paul Wilson, b. 30 Dec 1964
(5) Harry James Wilson, b. 27 Mar 1966
(5) Veronica DeAnna Wilson, b. 29 June 1967
m3 21 Feb. 1975 Robert Walter Reynolds

(4) Mary Forestine "Teen" Goodbody, b. 10 Dec 1909
m. 29 Apr 1936 Earl Otis "Yank" Rowley, b. 22 Jan 1912
(son of Otto and Noel Lee Baker Rowley) no children

(4) William Augustine "Bud" Goodbody, b. 15 Aug 1911
m. 14 Sept 1935, Lois Iren Taylor, b. 8 Oct. 1916
(daughter of William L. and Ola Madge Pritchette Taylor)

(5) William Clinton Goodbody II, b. 13 Feb. 1936
m. 1st 28 Apr 1958 Sharon Lee Williams, div. Mar 1962

(6) William Dean Goodbody, b. 27 Aug 1959
m. 23 June 1979 Gretchen Elizbeth Schafer
(7) Kristopher Michael Goodbody, b. 6 June 1980

(6) Crystal Lynn Goodbody, b. 28 Mar 1961
m. 20 July 1979 Bobby Dean Clayton, b. 28 May 1956
(7) Eric Dean Clayton, b. 19 Feb. 1980
(7) Brett Dwayne Clayton, b. 10 Aug 1981
m. 2nd 7 Dec 1964 Sharon Louise French, div. Jan 1965
m. 3rd 12 Feb. 1966 Forestine Cleo Robb, b. 30 Dec 1943 (daughter of Sylvia Robb)

(6) Wesley LeRoy Goodbody, b. 24 Dec 1966

(6) Richard Clint Goodbody, b. 3 July 1970

(5) Wanda Lea Goodbody, b. 7 Apr 1960 (sic)
m. 14 July 1979 Marion Joel Kelly, b. 8 Nov 1943

(4) Velma Anna Goodbody, b. 4 Oct 1916, d. 16 Sept 1981; unmarried

(3) Emery Elsworth Goodbody, b. 30 Sept 1875, d.

(3) son, b. 3 Dec 1877, d. 4 Dec 1877

    1. Mary Ann "Anna" Goodbody, b. 25 Nov 1882, d. 12 Dec 1961
      m. 15 Feb. 1901 Riley Hanks, b. 4 Dec 1868, d. 12 Jun 1944
      (Visit the Hanks chapter. Visit the Goodbody chapter)

(4) Floyd Arthur Hanks, b. 1 Aug 1902, 4 Nov 1902

(4) Riley "Clay" Hanks, Jr., b. 4 Sep 1904, d. 2 Jan 1958
m. Nannie Lee "Peggy" Franklin

(5) Donald Clay Hanks, b. 21 Feb. 1931, m. Alice
(6) Pamela Sue Hanks, b. 7 Nov 1956
(6) David Clay Hanks, b. 11 Apr 1958
(6) Peggy Lucille Hanks, b. 5 Apr 1959
(6) Paul Riley Hanks, b. 6 Sept 1965

(5) Sarah Ann Hanks, b. ,
m1 Brian Littleton 23 Jul 1958, div. Mar 1971
(6) Kim, b. 25 Feb. 1961
(6) Timothy, b. 11 Apr 1962
(6) Angela, b. 15 Mar 1964
m˛ 15 Aug 1975 Max Whitaker

(5) Carrol Lee Hanks, b. 13 Mar 1940
m. Ray Meade, div.
(6) Matthew James Meade, b. 22 Jul 1967
(6) Laura Lee Meade, b. 25 Sep 1969
(6) Melissa Ann Meade, b. 30 Aug 1978

(5) Charles Raymond Hanks, b. 9 July 1941
m. 7 Dec 1963 Linda
(6) Desiree Hanks, b. 28 May 1969
(6) Heath Clay Hanks, b. 29 May 1979

(5) Joyce Merlene Hanks, b. 24 Nov 1942
m. Robert Grissom
(6) Michelle Dianne, b. 15 Mar 1971
(6) Kristin, b. 21 Apr 1967

(5) Wayne Riley Hanks, b. 8 Aug 1949
m. Sherry div. June 1976
(6) Michael Wayne Hanks, b. 10 Aug 1966
(6) Sharah, b. 25 Mar 1969

(4) Ernest Ray Hanks, b. 3 Sep 1909, d. 7 Mar 1928

(4) Anna Devota Hanks, b. 12 Mar 1913, d. 24 May 1990
(for full details on descendants, click here)

(4) Joseph Buel Hanks, b. 30 Jan 1919, d. 12 Nov 1979
m. 26 July 1941 Juanita Allen (after Joe died, Juanita married Gene Wells b. 25 Dec. 1925; she died 04 Jan 2010). Joe and Juanita adopted:
(5) Duane Allen Hanks, b. 11 Feb. 1955
(5) Janita Kay Hanks, b. 9 May 1957, m. Jeffrey Stone

(6) April Kathleen Stone, b. 17 Aug 1995
(6) Ivy Joelle Stone, b. 15 July 2000

 


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